Community support through bereavement and loss

People and communities have experienced multiple losses during the pandemic.  For people who have been bereaved, COVID restrictions have had an impact on almost every aspect of their experience.

The support of friends, family and the wider community can help people who are grieving, but we don’t always feel confident that we are doing and saying the right thing.

Bereavement and loss webinars

As part of Compassionate Communities West Sussex, West Sussex County Council are funding a series of webinars to enable people to support others who are experiencing bereavement and loss, by giving them the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence to have compassionate conversations.

The As You Are Centre are running webinars on bereavement and loss awareness for anyone who wants to feel more confident about having a conversation with someone who has been bereaved.

The sessions are free to access, and will help to develop knowledge, skills and understanding around loss and bereavement. When we know someone has been bereaved it can be difficult to know what to say; these online sessions will share theory and understanding around loss and bereavement that can help make difficult conversations a little easier.

For more information and to book, visit the As You Are Centre website.

Useful resources

There are some resources available which can help:

Bereavement support

If you, or someone you know, need someone to talk to, the following organisations can help:

  • Cruse West Sussex – helpline 0808 808 1677
  • Winston’s Wish – offer support to those supporting bereaved children – helpline 08088 020 021
  • Child Bereavement UK – provide support to bereaved children and families and those supporting them – helpline 0800 02 888 40
  • Sudden – offer support when someone has died suddenly – helpline 0800 2600 400
  • BAMESTREAM - bereavement support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) adults who have been affected by the death of a loved one due to Covid-19
  • Hospice UK’s ‘Just B’ – counselling and trauma helpline 0300 303 4434 – for all NHS, care sector staff and emergency workers
  • Samaritans – helpline 116 123