Bereavement

Where can I get help if I have been bereaved?

If you have been bereaved by Covid-19, or if you are caring for someone who has, support is available for you at: www.suddendeath.org/covid-19-bereavement. Looking after yourself, whether you are bereaved or a carer, is of the utmost importance and will help you to cope at this very challenging time.

Someone I care about has died from Covid-19, and I’m struggling to cope. What should I do?

A death from Covid-19 can result in a challenging kind of bereavement due to some of the factors below:

  • Little time to prepare for a loved one’s death;
  • No time spent with a loved one before they died (risk of infection and social distancing rules);
  • An inability to say goodbye (restrictions around attending funerals, public gatherings and travel);
  • Isolation issues (grieving while separated from family and friends);
  • Practical challenges (if the person had ongoing caring/work/family responsibilities);
  • Issues around coping with a bereavement at a time when you, or others in your support network, may also be ill with Covid-19.

For information about appropriate support and help can be found in this helpful guide developed by the Student Wellbeing Service:

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-support/our-services/student-wellbeing/covid_19/

In addition, the charity Sudden has produced covid-19 specific bereavement advice which can be accessed as follows:

COVID-19 bereavement - advice for people who have been bereaved

COVID-19 bereavement - advice if you are caring for a bereaved person

Someone I care about is struggling to cope with a recent bereavement due to Covid-19, and I feel helpless. What can I do to help?

Whether you are a family member, friend, neighbour, charity volunteer or a professional, you have an important role in supporting a bereaved person. Research tells us that human kindness, and caring behaviours, at this time can be a big help to bereaved people.

However, a death from Covid-19 can result in a challenging kind of bereavement due to some of the factors below:

  • Little time to prepare for a loved one’s death;
  • No time spent with a loved one before they died (risk of infection and social distancing rules);
  • An inability to say goodbye (restrictions around attending funerals, public gatherings and travel);
  • Isolation issues (grieving while separated from family and friends);
  • Practical challenges (if the person had ongoing caring/work/family responsibilities);
  • Issues around coping with a bereavement at a time when you, or others in your support network, may also be ill with Covid-19.

For information about appropriate support and help can be found in this helpful guide developed by the Student Wellbeing Service:

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-support/our-services/student-wellbeing/covid_19/

In addition, the charity Sudden has produced covid-19 specific bereavement advice which can be accessed as follows:

COVID-19 bereavement - advice for people who have been bereaved

COVID-19 bereavement - advice if you are caring for a bereaved person

Someone I was close to has died and I am struggling to cope, what should I do?

Bereavement, or grief, is a term used to describe the sense of loss felt when someone close to us, or who we care about, dies. This sense of loss may contain a range of emotions, such as sadness, anger, guilt, frustration and anxiety. It can be a difficult and stressful process.

 

Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no 'normal' or 'right' way to grieve.

For information about appropriate support and help can be found in this helpful guide developed by the Student Wellbeing Service:

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-support/our-services/student-wellbeing/covid_19/

In addition, the charity Sudden has produced covid-19 specific bereavement advice which can be accessed as follows:

COVID-19 bereavement - advice for people who have been bereaved

COVID-19 bereavement - advice if you are caring for a bereaved person

Someone in my family has died. My other family members seem to be coping a lot better that I am. Is there something wrong with me?

Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no 'normal' or 'right' way to grieve. This sense of loss may contain a range of emotions, such as sadness, anger, guilt, frustration and anxiety. It can be a difficult and stressful process.

 

The unique way that we react may be influenced by many different things, such as our age and personality, our cultural background and religious beliefs, our previous experiences of bereavement, our current circumstances and how we cope with loss.

For information about appropriate support and help can be found in this helpful guide developed by the Student Wellbeing Service:

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-support/our-services/student-wellbeing/covid_19/

In addition, the charity Sudden has produced covid-19 specific bereavement advice which can be accessed as follows:

COVID-19 bereavement - advice for people who have been bereaved

COVID-19 bereavement - advice if you are caring for a bereaved person

Someone I care about is struggling to cope with a recent bereavement and I feel helpless. What can I do to help?

Whether you are a family member, friend, neighbour, charity volunteer or a professional, you have an important role in supporting a bereaved person. Research tells us that human kindness, and caring behaviours, at this time can be a big help to bereaved people. You do not need to be a professional or have significant training or experience to give help and support. However, caring for someone who is bereaved can be challenging, therefore, it’s important to look after your own well-being too.

For information about appropriate support and help can be found in this helpful guide developed by the Student Wellbeing Service:

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/student-support/our-services/student-wellbeing/covid_19/

In addition, the charity Sudden has produced covid-19 specific bereavement advice which can be accessed as follows:

COVID-19 bereavement - advice for people who have been bereaved

COVID-19 bereavement - advice if you are caring for a bereaved person