How to access Bereavement Support
The loss of a loved one can be traumatic at any time but, during the Coronavirus pandemic, it is particularly difficult.
Changes have had to be made to some services, including end of life and palliative care as well as funeral arrangements. This has made it harder for people to be with or say goodbye to a loved one in the way they may want to.
The pandemic has meant we are apart from our usual support network so you may not be able to seek comfort from friends and family as you would normally. However, it is more important than ever to reach out to family and friends and talk to them about how you feel.
There are also a range of support services available both nationally and locally which can help. View www.warringtonccg.nhs.uk or happyoksad.warrington.gov.uk to find out more.
Advice on coping with bereavement
· Try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor – you could also contact a support organisation. View www.warringtonccg.nhs.uk or happyoksad.warrington.gov.uk for information on the range of organisations that can help.
· Visit nhs.uk to try the 6 ways to feel happier, which are simple lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control and able to cope.
· Visit https://kindtoyourmind.org/, a Cheshire and Merseyside website which features a range of useful resources to help you through. If you are looking for tips, advice, apps or even online courses to help with your mental wellbeing – there is something here for you!
· Visit nhs.uk if you're struggling to sleep to find out useful advice on how to get to sleep.
· Consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website (www.mind.org.uk)
· Listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides.
· Search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps from the NHS Apps library.
· Do not try to do everything at once – set small targets that you can easily achieve.
· Do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better.
· Try not to tell yourself that you're alone – most people feel grief after a loss and support is available.
· Try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve grief – these can all contribute to poor mental health.
There are no rules, grief and loss is individual and a normal reaction, please take care of ‘you’ and when you can’t ask for help.
Happy? Ok? Sad?
www.happyoksad.org.uk is a mental health site, for people who live or work in Warrington. The site is relevant to people whether they have a mental health problem or not, as it includes:
· simple things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing
· symptoms of common mental health problems
· services that can offer information, advice, support or treatment
· support available if someone can't cope and needs help right now
· how to access free mental health and wellbeing training and resources
Several of the website’s pages are age-related, to make it easier for people to find the information most relevant to them. There’s also a page for front line workers, with details of free resources.