Coronavirus – Emotional Support

Information to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic

If you are affected by a bereavement or have feelings of grief and loss related to COVID-19 and would like support from the Community Bereavement Service please contact us. In line with government guidance we are not holding face-to-face support sessions but can offer you emotional support by phone during this period.

COVID-19 and the loss of ‘normal’

As a result of COVID-19 the loss of ‘normal’ feels like grieving. This is known as ‘anticipatory grief, as we face the unknown of the weeks ahead, knowing that deaths will happen and worrying about how we might be impacted by that. Speaking to someone about how you feel and the changes you are facing may help you feel less alone with your grief.

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review titled ‘That discomfort you’re feeling is grief’ is spot on according to our Counselling and Emotional Support Counsellor, Mary Le Hegarat. It’s about recognising that we grieve before and after losses, as well as for future losses to come, even if we’re not aware of it. We therefore need to think about how we manage those losses, in order to help us move forwards.

Our bereavement and emotional support team are on hand to provide support to all Islanders now and in the weeks and months ahead.

Working with Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey, the videos below acknowledge that we are grieving in exceptional times and that we may not be able to be with loved ones during this particular time.

How can you get in touch?

Clients may self-refer. Your GP may also refer you to the service. With your consent, your friends, family, and workplace can also contact the service on your behalf, regardless of how long ago you experienced your bereavement. After an initial telephone assessment, clients are offered what we feel may be the most appropriate support for their needs.

The service is free of charge, confidential and is managed by fully trained counsellors. Contact us:

Tel : (01534) 285144

Grieving and isolation

Talking with friends and family can be one of the most helpful ways to cope after someone close to us dies, but being bereaved and self-isolating may make feelings of loneliness and grief more intense.

For more guidance about Coronavirus and grief and isolation, visit Cruse Bereavement Care

Coping with talk about death and dying

In a pandemic situation, there is inevitably lots of discussion of death and dying, and this can bring up difficult feelings for those with anxiety and mental health issues. It can also bring up difficult feelings and memories of past bereavements.

For more information about Coronavirus and coping with talk about death and dying, visit Cruse Bereavement Care

Children and young people

There is much that each one of us can do to support the wellbeing of those in our lives, including children and young people who may already be vulnerable or suffering from mental health difficulties. For more information visit Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Talk honestly with your children about both facts and emotions. Ask what they know – they may be getting information which is incorrect or distorted from friends or social media. With a younger child you may need to give information in small chunks. For more guidance about Coronavirus and talking to children and young people, visit Cruse Bereavement Care

Parents have been asking how to reassure bereaved children and young people who are worried about the effect of this virus on their family. For more information on talking to children and young people about Coronavirus, visit Winston’s Wish