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Bereavement Information and Support - Coronavirus Specific Support

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Losing someone important to us can be emotionally devastating - whether that be a family member or friend. 

It is natural to go through a range of physical and emotional processes as we gradually come to terms with the loss.

Grief doesn’t have a timeline. Just take one step at a time.

All children will have questions about the effects of the virus but for children who have had someone important die or have a member of their family who is ill, this anxiety is likely to be heightened.

If you would like more information on how to reassure children and young people who are worried about the effect of this virus on their family, please visit the organisations supporting bereavement and grief during the coronavirus pandemic below:

Wandsworth Bereavement Service for Children and Young People   provides one to one bereavement counselling for parents/carers, children and young people.  This service is for residents who live in the borough of Wandsworth, or for those attending schools or local services in the borough.

The service can be used by anyone who:

  • has been bereaved;
  • has experienced other major losses; or 
  • is facing an anticipated death.

Please call  020 7223 3178,  email    or visit the website for further information. Agencies can refer children and young people into the service.

Wandsworth's Schools and Community Psychology Service (SCPS) have infographics, resources and links:

National organisations offering support.

Winstons Wish - Coronavirus bereavement support

Cruse - coronavirus bereavement and grief

Supporting bereaved children from Winston's Wish

Telling a child someone is seriously ill from Winston's Wish

Telling a child someone has died from Coronavirus from Winston's Wish

Coronavirus video for parents on supporting children from Child Bereavement UK

How schools can support pupils from Winston's Wish

Information for education professionals supporting pupils during the coronavirus pandemic  from Child Bereavement UK

National organisations offering information for children, young people and adults additional needs and/or learning difficulties.

National Autistic Society - bereavement information

Mencap - grief support for young people with learning difficulties

Downs Syndrome Association - bereavement factsheet

MIND - Useful links to supporting organisations

Macmillan - Easy read guide about attending a funeral

Beyond Words - Whether supporting somebody with a learning disability or communication difficulty, their resources empower people through pictures.