Bereavement and loss

Bereavement may be life’s most difficult experience. Those who lose someone due to COVID-19, or for other reasons, may suffer more intense emotional pain while cut off from the people they love, trust and usually rely on for support.

These resources may help you, or someone you know, to cope more successfully or find help and support during this difficult period.

Jigsaw4u has published guides suitable for any grieving child or young person. Jigsaw4u also provide emotional support to people in Merton and Sutton boroughs.

Supporting a child or young person

Jigsaw4u has produced a guide to help any parent or carer support a child or young person suffering with grief. Jigsaw4u also provides emotional support to people in Merton and Sutton boroughs.

Cruse Bereavement Care has published a guide suitable for any parent or carer looking after a grieving child. Cruse has local branches in Croydon, Richmond and Sutton.

Winston’s Wish has published a guide to help parents and carers tell a child that someone has died from coronavirus.

Child Bereavement UK has published videos about supporting bereaved children and what to do when you can’t visit someone who is unwell.

Telling a child that someone is ill

Winston’s Wish has published a guide to help parents and carers tell a child that someone has a serious illness.

Coping with grief while isolated

Winston’s Wish has published advice for anyone coming to terms with grief while isolated from friends and loved ones.

Help with funerals

Winston’s Wish has published a useful guide for parents and carers, including alternative ways to say goodbye when funerals may be restricted.

Quaker Social Action has published a useful guide for people struggling to organise a meaningful funeral – Down to Earth.

How to support grieving pupils

Winston’s Wish has published advice for teachers to help them support bereaved pupils.

Cruse Bereavement Care has published advice for teaching staff to help them support grieving children. Cruse has local branches in Croydon, Richmond and Sutton.

Jigsaw4u has published a guide to help teaching staff support a child or young person suffering with grief. Jigsaw4u also provides emotional support to people in Merton and Sutton boroughs.

Visit nhs.uk for more information and advice about coping with bereavement and loss.

Teachers, parents and carers may be interested in our archive of emotional wellbeing webinars, which contain practical advice and support from local organisations.

In South West London, there are many other organisations offering support to bereaved children, young people and their families. Visit: