Bereavement Support Continues in Lockdown

03 June 2020

The isolation and loneliness that this period of the Lockdown has created for a lot of people has been very challenging and for those who have been bereaved, it has been and continues to be, a very difficult time.

Our team of dedicated volunteers continue to keep in regular contact with many of the ‘visitors’ who have come along to the Bereavement Help Point that was held, before the lockdown, in the Sacred Heart every Friday Morning.

The regular Bereavement Help Points have been suspended at this time due to Covid-19.

Working in partnership with Community Together CIC, NHS South East Staffs (Social Prescriber) Staffordshire Fire and the Tamworth Partnerships Team, we have been offering telephone bereavement support to those who are struggling in the present situations. This support will continue until we can begin the face to face Help Point again
St Giles are facilitating Virtual Bereavement Help Points using Zoom Conferencing and these operate on a Monday from 10:30am – 12 noon and a Thursday from 2pm – 3.30pm. Please contact us on 01543 434536 for details of how to access these meetings.

Please see below a list of numbers you may find useful in order to access bereavement advice and support.

If you are in crisis, please telephone the Samaritans on the number below or contact your local GP or go to A&E.

Do you need to speak to someone now? 24 hour support lines

Samaritans:116 123For anyone at any time for any reason
Childline0800  1111Support for under 25yrs and their relatives
Silverline0800 470 8090Support for people over the age of 70

Day/Evening Support Lines

Bereavement Advice Centre0800 634 9494Practical advice (9-5pm)
Blue Cross – Pet Bereavement Support0800 096 6606Support for those affected by the death of a pet
BRAKE0808 8000 401Support for people affected by road death – Open 10am – 4pm
Cruse0808 808 1677Nationwide Bereavement Support
A Child of Mine07803 751229Support for parents following the death of a child
Muslim Bereavement Service020 3468 7333Bereavement support for the Muslim community
Sands: Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity0808 164 3332Free confidential helpline after the death of a baby
SOBS: Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide0300 111 50659am-9pm every day
St Giles Hospice01543 434536Helpline for bereavement support which is open 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 1pm Saturday & Sunday
Widowed and for young widows

Support for children and young people

Child Bereavement UK0800 028 8840Helpline available 9am – 5pm
Winston’s Wish0808 802 0021Helpline available 9am – 5pm
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