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Experiencing bereavement is difficult under any circumstance. If you have experienced loss as a consequence of COVID-19, your experience may be even harder and your usual support networks distanced.

We are sorry for your loss and encourage you to stay in touch with other people, however, due to the virus this may need to be by phone or online. If you are in need of additional support there are many services available in the borough to help.

Registering a death

This must happen within 5 days of the death. You must register a death with the council of the place of death.

Appoint a funeral director  

Please contact your local director to help you arrange the funeral. Please note that places of worship are closed, funeral procedures have changed, and limitations have been imposed because of coronavirus. However, the funeral director will be able to guide you about what is permitted including any faith requirements you might have.

Financial Support

If you or your partner get any of the following benefits, you may be able to get help with funeral costs.

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Pension Credit

  • Housing Benefit

  • The disability or severe disability element of Working Tax Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit

Emotional support

For immediate urgent support for yourself or your child contact your GP by phone.

Bereavement is a time of very painful and confusing emotions. For most people these feelings will ease with time. However, during the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. Death from any cause during this time may make feelings of loneliness and grief much more intense, and practical difficulties may arise.

Some will feel very isolated, but you don’t have to be alone with your grief. If you would like to talk to someone about your bereavement, contact Islington iCOPE (psychological therapies service). iCOPE are providing a tailored response to those affected by COVID-19, which includes:

  • A call back within 48 hrs, to offer immediate practical support and guidance, to discuss coping skills and to help you to decide whether you would like further support.

  • In addition to their usual psychological treatment for common mental health problems, iCOPE are also offering up to 3 sessions of therapeutic support for those who are bereaved and are finding it difficult to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camden City Islington Westminster Bereavement Service provide bereavement and loss counselling delivered by trained counsellors and therapists. You can also contact them by phone Tel: 020 7284 0090. 

If you are feeling lonely or isolated Islington Bereavement Service can offer support and a listening ear for up to ten weeks. They will match you with a trained and experienced volunteer who will support you. You must live in Islington or be registered with an Islington GP.

If you are concerned about your child following a bereavement you might want to talk to someone. There are national charities listed below that specialise in bereavement support for children, or you can contact local social and emotional mental health services for children by calling the Children's Services Contact Team (CSCT) Tel: 020 7527 7400.

Additional sources of support and bereavement counselling 

  • Nafsiyat can offer Islington residents psychological support and therapy, from therapists who work across different cultures and languages, delivering therapy in more than 20 languages.

  • Maya Centre offers culturally sensitive, low cost counselling and talking therapies for women.

  • The Stress Project low cost therapies and counselling.

  • CARIS bereavement counselling for adults.

  • SLOW Group support for bereaved parents.

  • Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service bereavement support and counselling for Jewish people.

National advice and helplines 

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