Bereavement Support

Helpful links if you or someone you know is in need of support after a bereavement.

The COVID 19 pandemic could be one of the most difficult situations that many people have experienced.

Suddenly life has become,
• Uncertain
• Stressful
• Changed
Many of us are,
• Shocked
• Anxious
• Isolated
• Helpless
• Having upsetting thoughts
• Worried
• Lonely
• Overwhelmed
If you have been bereaved, perhaps,
• You could not be with your loved one during their illness or when they died?
• You are struggling with thoughts that you should have done more?
• The funeral was very different from what you expected or are familiar with?
• The Shiva was not possible or only on-line?
• You have been unable to say Kaddish in shul?
• Your loved one was elderly or vulnerable?
• Your loved one died before COVID, and you find old grief reawakened?
• Your loved one died recently, but not of COVID?
• Your family and friends are unable to support you because of the demands of COVID on their lives, or the need to be COVID secure?
Try to take care of yourself,
• Try if you can to stay connected with family and friends
• Try if you can to look after your health. Eat and drink. Try to exercise and sleep.
• Try to avoid the news if it makes you more anxious.
• Try to talk. We know this helps. Tell people what you need.
If you would like to consider counselling, either one to one, or with a group of others with similar losses, contact the Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service.
All sessions are available on-line

The Good Grief Trust

Updates on the crisis and signpost you to the charities, support services and helplines that offer dedicated advice and information

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

JBCS has remained open to help and support any Jewish individuals through their very difficult loss and bereavement. We do this by adhering to the safe distancing and self isolation that we are compelled to adhere to, and offer counselling through various social media means including whatsapp, Zoom and telephone.

Grief Encounter

Support for bereaved children and young people


Your mental health and wellbeing are important to usWe understand how pressures and unexpected situations impact on your lives and your ability to function on a daily basis.  Our trained counsellors are working remotely UK-wide to offer you confidential one-to-one and couple counselling.

Care Concern

Loss and bereavement counselling and support in a safe and confidential environment by experienced and highly trained Counsellors. (Based in Bury, call: 0161 796 0807)

Jewish Action for Mental Health

JAMH is an umbrella organisation affiliated with most Jewish communal groups in Manchester

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

Bereavement support charity for people based in Scotland

Religious Bodies

Links to the websites of religious bodies for support arranging funerals