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Coronavirus: bereavement advice and support

We are sorry for your loss and appreciate this is an incredibly difficult time

The death of someone you love can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, and it often falls on those closest to the deceased and grieving the most to organise the funeral.

The information on this page is designed to:

  • Explain the next steps
  • Answer some of your questions
  • Direct you to extra help and support available

Bereavement advice and support

This guidance provides information and practical advice to support people who have been bereaved and can also be of use to friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues of a bereaved person who may wish to provide support.

The death of someone you care about can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives, and it often falls on those closest to the deceased and grieving the most to organise the funeral. On this page, you'll find information on planning and arranging a funeral, which can be difficult and is different from usual during this time. You can also find practical advice on how to register a death. Dealing with bereavement can be difficult. There is no set pattern as to how people will react and deal with the loss of a someone you care about.

Businesses: guidance on supporting employees through bereavement

This guidance provides information on supporting an employee who has been bereaved, it gives practical advice for managers on what needs to be considered. As an employer, managers have a duty of care to their employees.

Managers can find dealing with bereavement difficult. There is no set pattern as to how an individual will react and deal with the loss of someone you care about. What is important is for managers and colleagues to provide a supportive approach which will show the employee that they are valued. By having a managed approach to bereavement this will help the employee to cope better, not worry so much about their work and help them to return to their jobs, reduce sickness absence, staff turnover and strengthen team morale and corporate culture.