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COVID-19 bereavement

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many individuals and families have not been able to grieve properly or even say goodbye to their loved ones.
Below is local support and national organisations that can help you with your grief.

Local support in East Suffolk:

  • This service is provided by St Elizabeth Hospice. 

  • Free information, group and individual counselling to any adult in East Suffolk who is bereaved through a life-limiting or progressive illness.

  • Face-to-face, video or telephone support in Ipswich. 

  • Call 0300 303 5196. 

Suffolk Cruse
  • Free bereavement support to adults and specialist support to children and young people.     

  • Information on website, one to one bereavement support via zoom or phone (6 sessions).

565 Service
  • This service is provided by St Elizabeth Hospice. 

  • Free support for children and young people in East Suffolk following the death of an adult with a life-limiting or progressive disease.  

  • Advice available for parents and professionals working with young people.

  • Call 0300 303 5196. 

Compassionate Friends
  • Support for bereaved parents and families  whatever the age of the child.  

  • Online information, Facebook groups and events, community forum and helpline.  

  • The nearest local support group takes place at Rowhedge, near Colchester.

  • Call 0345 123 2304.

National organisations:

Sue Ryder
  • Free support for adults 2+ months after bereavement.  

  • Online information, 6 online counselling sessions and access to an online peer support community.

  • Grief support for UK residents via text message. Access the text service here.

The Way Foundation (Widowed and Young)
  • For anyone who has lost a partner before their 51st birthday.   

  • 24/7 helpline and online peer support community.   

  • Call 0870 011 3450. 

Care for the Family
  • Care for the Family seeks to promote strong family life and help those who face family difficulties.

  • Support for bereaved families. 

  • Call 029 2081 0800 or email

The Loss Foundation
  • Free support to loss through cancer or COVID-19.    

  • Online therapy groups, support groups and workshops.   

  • Phone: 0300 200 4112.

Winston's Wish
  • Free support for grieving children and young people aged 8-25 years old who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close relative.   

  • Information, advice and online support. Support is also available for carers and parents supporting grieving children.

Muslim Bereavement Support Service
  • The Muslim Bereavement Support Service is a registered charity, founded in 2012.

  • A non-profit organisation serving the Muslim community by supporting bereaved women who have lost a loved one.

Marie Curie
  • Free support for any bereavement.    

  • Information, a support line and 6 sessions with a volunteer listener.    

  • Call 0800 090 2309. 

Way Up
  • Way Up is an online self-help forum aimed at providing mutual support to those who have been widowed in their 50’s and 60’s.

  • Members of the forum initiate friendships, exchange views and give and receive care and support.

Child Bereavement UK
  • Help for children, parents and families when a child grieves or dies.

  • Free confidential support for children and young people facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child.

  • Call 0800 028 8840. 


Discover local
group support

Social groups can help you connect with others who may be experiencing similar experiences of grief too.


Group support can help you feel less alone and can greatly improve your mental health.

Discover groups in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Woodbridge, Felixstowe & surrounding areas.

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