Bereavement and grief: responding to the challenges of COVID-19

Fri, 10 Jul 2020

11:00 - 12:00


This webinar will focus on effective support for grief and bereavement during and after the coronavirus (COVID1-9) outbreak in communities in England.

Many thousands of people have been bereaved by someone close to them during the outbreak – whether by COVID-19 or other causes of death. The virus itself, and the measures put in place to control its spread, have had a profound impact on how adults and children experience bereavement, say goodbye to loved ones, and support one another in grief.

These measures have also changed the ways in which bereavement services are delivered. Local areas are increasingly recognising the need for support around bereavement.

This webinar will provide an overview of:

- How everyone has a role to play in supporting grieving people
- Models of grief that can help people understand their own reactions, and know how to support family and friends, and when to seek extra support
- Examples of how local areas have developed pathways of support
- How schools are preparing to support bereaved pupils as they return
Ideas about commissioning and delivering bereavement services in response to COVID-19.

Who will deliver this webinar?

- Alison Penny (Chair) – Director of the Childhood Bereavement Network and Coordinator of the National Bereavement Alliance
- Steven Wibberley - Chief Executive Officer, Cruse Bereavement Care
- Becky Thomas - Family Services Manager, Penhaligons Friends in Cornwall
- Michelle Kabia - Chief Executive Officer, Mind in Newham and Tower Hamlets
- Sarah Bates – Executive Lead, Support After Suicide

Information on how to access this webinar will be shared on Thursday 9th July afternoon, once the registration is closed.

Please send your questions for the Q&A session to:

Who is the event for:

Suggested attendees include those who meet bereaved people in the course of their everyday work (e.g. health and social care staff, first responders, frontline public sector staff, community leaders and groups) as well as those whose role is more specific to bereavement (e.g. funeral care). Commissioners and managers of services as well as staff and volunteers will benefit from the overview of bereavement.


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