Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bereavement support

The death of a loved one can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, but help is available during times of bereavement.

To support people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), the government has published information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions.

Go to GOV.UK: support for the bereaved.

Local organisations offering support

St Luke's Hospice has set-up a bereavement support line for people living in Thurrock or the district of Basildon, who have been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

St Luke's Hospice – coronavirus bereavement support

: 0333 400 2358

Lines are open Monday to Thursday from 1pm to 4:30pm. At other times, residents can contact the hospice's Dove Community Counselling team on 01277 658 057.

You may also wish to get in touch with your own local faith organisation.

National organisations offering support

Organisation Support

The NHS provides advice on coping with bereavement.

Go to NHS: coping with bereavement.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity offering a range of support after the death of someone close. Go to:


Mind, the mental health charity, offers bereavement support.

Go to Mind: bereavement.


Sudden is a charitable initiation that offers support for those coping with sudden bereavement, including from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Go to Sudden: COVID-19 bereavement.

The Good Grief Trust

The Good Grief Trust is run by the bereaved, for the bereaved. It offers support for loss due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Go to The Good Grief Trust: coronavirus bereavement advice.