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Free support for those dealing with the death of a loved one from Covid

 

Southampton adults who are struggling with the death of a loved one due to Covid are being offered free support from us to coincide with a National Day of Reflection (March 23, 2022).

We are offering those who need help and advice a free, confidential 20-minute telephone consultation as part of our bereavement counselling support service.

National Day of Reflection

We’re supporting and raising awareness for a National Day of Reflection being run by the charity Marie Curie on March 23. It’s a day to support people who are grieving and remembering the family, friends, neighbours and colleagues lost during the pandemic.

According to Gov.uk more than 185,000 people in the UK have a death certificate that mentions Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Grieving for a loved one

Many of us have lost loved ones during the pandemic and there’s no right or wrong way to feel when dealing with bereavement. You might feel a lot of emotions at once, or feel you’re having a good day, then you wake up and feel worse again.

Generally, there are four stages of bereavement, these include accepting that the loss is real, experiencing the pain of grief, adjusting to life without the person you lost and eventually moving on.

You may go through all these stages but won’t necessarily move smoothly from one to the next. Your grief might feel chaotic and out of control. Give yourself time, these feelings will pass, mourning is a process with an ending. However, if these feelings last for a period of time that you feel is too long, or your family say they’re worried, then it’s time to seek help.

Talking and sharing feelings can help. For some people, relying on family and friends is the best way, for others it is seeking professional one-to-one counselling. A bereavement counsellor can offer time and space to talk about your feelings, the person who has died, your relationship with them, family, work, fears, and the future.

How we can help

As part of our bereavement counselling support service, we offer a free, confidential 20-minute telephone consultation, where people can talk to one of our team and find a way forward together.

Find out more about our bereavement services here or call 023 8063 0219.