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Bereavement at any time is hard. Bereavement during a period of isolation with restricted movement and limited contact with family and friends is so much harder. During the global coronavirus pandemic many thousands in the UK will face the loss of someone they know. Bereavement support is important under normal circumstances but now it is crucial for future well-being and mental health.  

Loss and HOPE was launched just before the Covid-19 crisis to enable the Church to respond effectively with support for those who are grieving. This timely coalition between HOPE Together, Care for the Family, the Church of England and At A Loss, is developing support for the increased numbers of people who are bereaved at this time. The church-facing website lossandhope.org is gathering ideas from Christians across the country to help churches support the bereaved. This is just the beginning of a growing movement of churches developing their support. We are also connecting Christians who are experts in supporting people who are bereaved, so we can run the Bereavement Journey course

If you know of someone who has been bereaved please reach out to them. Loss and HOPE have produced the short film above which should help you. Please share the film widely and tell people about the website AtaLoss.org, which is the UK's signposting website for the bereaved with information and advice which we hope you will find helpful. Visit the website  to find out more on the following:
  • What to do if you are bereaved during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • How to help someone who is bereaved during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Arranging a UK funeral during the pandemic
  • What you can do if you can't attend a funeral
  • Holding your own memorial 
  • Helplines and useful contacts

 
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