Bereavement support is available

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that more people than ever are grieving and, amid lockdown, that process has been made even more difficult.

If you’ve been bereaved and need support or advice, you can call the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on 0161 983 0902.

You can also visit https://bit.ly/2KKk4Ee to find out about support in your area, as well as advice for practical issues that losing a loved one may bring.

Support is available to anyone, bereaved or affected by a death.

No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief.

A nationwide bereavement support service has also been launched by Marie Curie, the UK’s leading end of life charity.

To date, around 450,000 people across the country will be grieving since lockdown began, many in isolation, unable to use their usual support networks, and may be dealing with the additional psychological and emotional impact of not being able to properly say goodbye.

The service enables people to access free emotional support from a dedicated volunteer, over the phone, for up to six weeks. The charity has trained 30 new volunteers and expects to double this in the coming weeks.

Anyone who is struggling with any aspect of dying, death or bereavement can call the Support Line free on 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/support.

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