Bereavement care and support

Following the death of the person who was important to you, the processes may be different in these current times so ask your local G.P practice, funeral director or crematorium to find out what the situation is in Rutland as this may change over time.

Key information for you and your family at this time is important. Listed below are some helpful links that will help you to follow the process and give you advice and information relating to what you need to after a death.

Local registry offices

Oakham Registry Office
Stamford Registry Office
Corby Registry Office
Leicester Registry Office

Tell us once – useful link

Tell us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.

Organising a funeral during the COVID-19 pandemic

You may have heard via the media that there are now restrictions on the number of people who can attend a funeral. The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) have some very helpful information to guide you, however do bear in mind that advice may change, so it will help you at this time to do check if this has altered. The guidance for attendance at funerals is located on the NAFD Website.

The limit on the numbers of people who are able to attend funerals under the current restrictions will have adverse effect on those who are able to attend and not. It may be helpful to think about alternative ways to remember the person who has died. Quaker Action have some good suggestions such as using social media to hold a virtual service for others to be part of the day and remembering the person who has died such as lighting a candle.

Bereavement care

Following any death people will be looking for support so they can talk to try and make sense of what has happened, there is support from a number of organisations with helpful information on what to expect and how to cope. Please remember that many of these services may be delayed in responding to you due to the current demand they apologise to you in advance.

Rutland virtual Bereavement Help Point

Many of us are aware of the difficulty people face in coping with bereavement and the loneliness they can feel. Being able to talk to others in a similar situation can help, hence this is why we set up a Bereavement Help Point for the people of Rutland.

The service was initially set up for face-to-face support in Ketton. Due to Covid-19, we have had to rethink how we can continue supporting people, so like many other services, will be providing this online from 14th January 2021.

The Bereavement Help Point is an online drop-in service that aims to provide bereaved people with a place where they can access information and support, where they can talk to others and share their emotions with others in a safe online environment with other local people. It does not matter when your bereavement was it could have been very recently or several years ago the Help Point is for all.

The Help Point has been set up by local residents, Ketton Parish Council, LOROS, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall and Dove Cottage, with support from Dying Matters in Rutland, the Whitebread Trust and Community Foundation.

It is run by volunteers who have undergone training and are supported by our local Hospices.

If you are bereaved and would like to come along the virtual Bereavement Help points run every 2 and 4 Thursday of the month 10:00 -11:30am

If you would like to attend or would like  further information about the Bereavement Help Point please ring 01572 722630 or email [email protected]

Please click the below image to download our Virtual Bereavement Help Point leaflet:

Local and National support

Oakham Ministry Bereavement support team are offering telephone support if needed, access via parish office.
Telephone: 01572 724 007
Email [email protected]

LOROS Bereavement and counselling service offering one to one and group counselling and support.
Telephone 0116 231 3771

Thorpe Hall – Sue Ryder offering one to one and group counselling and support
Telephone 01733 225 900
Email [email protected]

Cruse is a national organisation with both local and national support available.
They offer a range of free confidential support for adults and children. Please note there can be a waiting list.
Leicestershire – Telephone 0116 288 4119 or Email [email protected]
Stamford and Bourne – Telephone 07715 527 611 or Email [email protected]

Sue Ryder offer a free one to one counselling session which you can book on-line.

Grief Chat offer online support for bereavement people between Monday to Friday, 9am-9pm (UK time).

National Bereavement Service provides practical advice on all aspects of bereavement
Telephone 0800 0246 121
Email [email protected]

The Good Grief Trust provides signpost to other useful information for people who are bereaved.

Finding your local bereavement support.

Helpful information

Dying Matters In Rutland is an initiative that gives support to families and loved ones of those recently passed, as well as improving end-of-life experiences.  The website linked below, gives light to information and support services available in the Rutland area, as well as a forum to express views and receive up to date news.

Bereavement what to do. This colourful 3 page guide (printable) offers helpful tips on how to support  someone who is bereaved.

General advice to help cope with bereavement.

Helping young people with bereavement.

Mind provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief. Clear and accessible advice and on dealing with bereavement.

‘At a loss’ is the UK website for the bereaved. Here you will find access to a range of articles and resources.

Supporting children following a bereavement

The NHS provides a helpful guide on how to talk to young children.

Winston Wish charity is offering information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak and the updated services and opening times can be found.

Child Bereavement UK offers guidance and information to help support people. You will also find updated information about Child Bereavement UK’s current services, training and events.

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