In whatever role you help bereaved people – whether as a funeral director, a registrar, an NHS professional, a police Family Liaison Advisor or in any other capacity – your job is a valuable one that needs to be done in a sensitive way. You will have received specialist training to help you do this, so you will already know some of the challenges that bereaved people face. Despite the heartache and pain, many people get through their bereavement with the support of family and friends. For others, though, particularly if their bereavement has been unexpected, traumatic or ‘untimely’, the grief journey may be long and complicated and they may need some additional support.
For these people their struggles will probably come some months after the loss of their loved one, when it is quite likely to be well after you have ceased to have contact with them. As part of your service to them, you can give them valuable information about the availability of bereavement support services in case they need this in the future.
Care for the Family specifically supports bereaved parents and those who have been widowed young, but we are concerned that all those who need support are given information that will signpost them to where they can get help. To help bereaved people find this help, we have collected together a list of all the major Bereavement organisations. The list is a PDF and has been designed so that you can download it and give it to bereaved people. We do hope that you will be able to do this as part of the service you provide.