Bereavement Support Line 1800 80 70 77

Support for Grieving in Exceptional Times

Support for Grieving in Exceptional Times

This material was developed through the acute COVID-19 pandemic phase.  While circumstances have changed, It remains here as a record of that time.

Our Support for Grieving in Exceptional Times includes all the resources developed as part of IHF’s Care & Inform hub which was specially created to respond to the needs of those facing dying, death and bereavement during COVID-19 restrictions.

It includes advice and guidance on acknowledging and coping with grief from a COVID-19 death, what to expect when planning a funeral as well as helping children deal with loss and grief.

The way we normally grieve has been disrupted from how we plan a funeral to the support we get from those closest to us at a time of loss. The aim of this pack is to provide information and assurance for people who are bereaved and some insights for those who want to help them.

The pack also includes three resources for those supporting bereaved children as the response to the pandemic continues; Helping children grieve during COVID-19, Supporting teenagers to grieve during COVID-19 and Finding new ways for children to say goodbye.

These resources have been developed with IHF’s Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN). Coordinator of the ICBN is Maura Keating:

IHF’s Bereavement Support Line is a freephone service, 1800 80 70 77 and is available Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm. It’s for anyone experiencing grief and loss; a COVID-19 related death or a death from other causes or maybe a previous loss is feeling more difficult during