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Bereavement Support

One of the certainties in life is that we will all experience the loss of those close to us at some point. However, having this knowledge still does not prepare us for the complexity of the feelings we will experience when the time comes. The depth and breadth of the emotions felt will be different for everyone, no one can predict the intensity.

Here at Carers Support West Sussex (CSWS), we completely understand that everyone will experience their own unique journey in coping with loss. At the same time, we believe that connecting with others in a similar situation will provide you with a sense of support and a means of developing your own coping strategy.

Our online group for carers who have experienced bereavement and would benefit from meeting with others going through a similar experience, now runs monthly, via Zoom.

This is a group specifically for those carers who have experienced bereavement, either having lost someone recently or a while ago. If you are feeling the loss and would like to join with others who are sharing a similar experience this is an opportunity to talk through grieving and to acknowledge that there is no expectation for what ‘should’ be happening, or indeed when it occurs during bereavement. Bereavement is different for each and every one of us , for some the caring role may have ended or changed into new roles, however it is affecting you, joining this group can give you the opportunity to talk with others who may have or are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.

This group takes place on the 3rd Thursday every month via Zoom* 10.30am – 12pm.

Facilitated by members of our Emotional Wellbeing Team we hope that colleagues from CRUSE will also be joining us.

Click here to find out more about the group and to book your place.

*If you would like some support and guidance using Zoom, please call/email our Carer Response Line to enquire about speaking to one of our Digital Champions. T: 0300-028-8888 / info@carerssupport.org.uk You can also find some useful technology guides here.

National Bereavement Services & Resources

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. During the current pandemic our trained volunteers are continuing to offer support over the telephone and internet.

Macmillan Cancer Support - Coping with bereavement

This booklet is about coping when someone close to you has died. It is for the relatives and friends of anyone who has died from cancer. The booklet looks at some of the emotions you may have and the support that can help. It also gives you some practical information about what to do and what to expect when someone dies.

The Silver Line - helpline for older people

The Silver Line Helpline is the only national, free and confidential helpline for older people open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We offer information, advice and friendship through our helpline and services. There is no question too big, no problem too small and no need to be alone.

Tide - Living grief and bereavement

A booklet for carers of people with dementia.

DrugFam - Bereavement

Providing a lifeline of safe and caring support to families, friends and partners affected by someone else`s drug, alcohol, or gambling problems.

Winston's Wish

Supporting children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.

Grief Encounters

Support for bereaved children, young people and families.

Sussex Bereavement Helpline

Provides information and guidance, and is run by a team of experienced support workers, who can talk to you about the tasks that need to be completed after a death – such as registration of the death, arranging a funeral or informing other people and organisations. The Helpline can also give you information about sources of help and support for you and your family and friends as you grieve. Call 0300 111 2141 Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

The Loss Foundation

Providing free bereavement support for loss to Cancer or Covid-19

The Good Grief Trust

Sue Ryder Online Bereavement Support

Ataloss.org