North Tyneside CCG News

Grief support there if you need it

Fri 03rd December 2021

Grief is something that affects us all. At some point in our lives, we will all feel the impact of experiencing grief and loss.   

 

National Grief Awareness Week is a campaign run by The Good Grief Trust to help raise awareness of the impact of grief and to create a unified voice for all bereavement support services.  

 

As much as we are all impacted by it, there is no right or wrong way to deal with our grief and loss.  

 

Christmas can be an especially tough time of year with extra merriment, social pressures and collective fatigue which is heightened when you’re grieving. The Loss Project has created some new resources aimed to provide some hope, peace and wellbeing this festive season. 

 

Just because someone is smiling, it doesn’t mean that they are not grieving; each of us is unique and we all have our own ways of showing our emotions. The most important thing is to look out for each other, and support your loved ones, friends and colleagues when they are struggling. 

 

Grieving has no expiry date. There’s no set time of how long you’re allowed to grieve for. Loss is not something that you ‘get over’ or ‘move on’ from. However, we can all move forward and learn to live with our bereavement with the right care and support from those around us.  

 

There are support services available to offer practical and emotional support for bereavement. Sometimes we need a friendly face and shoulder to cry on, and sometimes it takes a more in depth approach. Whichever you need, please don’t suffer in silence.

 

Hear from Dr Kathryn Hall, GP Clinical Lead for Palliative Care, North Tyneside CCG.

Please speak with your local GP if you feel you need help and check out these organisations all providing help and support..

 

Bereavement Support

Below is a list of places where you can access support.

Age UK

Anxious Minds

At a Loss

The UK’s signposting website for the bereaved

Brake

Provide support for people bereaved by a death on the road

Care for the Family

Child Bereavement UK

Includes Live Chat via the website

Tel: 0800 02 888 40

Coroners’ Courts Support Service

Provide support to people where there is an inquest following a death

Tel: 0300 111 2141

Cruse Bereavement Care

Tel: 0808 808 1677

Dying Matters

FACT

Grief Chat

Grief Encounter

Tel: 0808 802 0111

Interfaith and Multifaith

Kooth

Online support for children and young people

Lullaby Trust

Support for anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child

Marie Curie

Tel: 0800 090 2309

National Bereavement Alliance

National Bereavement Partnership

Tel: 0800 448 0800

Network-Health

Supports pastoral, spiritual, and religious care in healthcare, particularly at end-of-life

North Tyneside Carers Centre

Samaritans

Tel: 116 123 free from any phone

Tel: 0330 094 5717

Local call charges apply

Sands

Support for anyone affected by the death of a baby

Tel: 0808 1643332

Sudden

Support when someone has died suddenly, or too soon in their lives

Tel: 0800 2600 400

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Tel: 0300 111 5065

The Compassionate Friends

Tel: 0345 123 2304

The Good Grief Trust

Way Widowed and Young

For people aged 50 or under when their partner died

Winstons Wish

Tel: 08088 020 021

Bereavement support online

The following is a list of nationally produced online information, which families and carers can be signposted to about grief, funerals and support in exceptional times.

Child Bereavement UK

Compassion in Dying

Helping people prepare for the end of life. How to talk about it, plan for it, and record your wishes

Tel: 0800 999 2434

Cruse Bereavement Care

Books for children