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Steve Smart, our Widowed Young Support Coordinator, provides a roundup of news stories, articles and helpful information.


  • Following the death of her husband, Edwina FitzPatrick set up free online UK support groups to help people whose partners have died of coronavirus. Read Edwina’s story in the Guardian here.
  • A nine-year-old boy raises money for the bereavement charity that helped him when his dad died in a car crash. Read Rory’s story on the BBC here.

Helpful information and articles

  • Marie Curie, along with many other organisations, is marking the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown with a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23 March 2021 – read more here.
  • Find out more about the COVID-19 bereavement support available from Care for the Family here.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care provides information and advice about bereavement and grieving during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • National Bereavement Alliance, along with the Childhood Bereavement Network and Association of Palliative Care Social Workers, have created a guide to keeping in touch when you can’t be with someone who is so ill that they might die. Find out more here.
  • A BBC article – COVID: The pandemic’s young widows and widowers
  • The NHS bereavement scheme has been extended. Read more here.
  • Increased help with funeral costs. Social Fund funeral costs have increased from April 2020. Find out more here.
  • A BBC article – Charities funding plea for COVID-19 bereavement support