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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Kingston Bereavement Service recognises its duty of care to all those who use our bereavement services, and volunteer or work for the charity. In light of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, please find below the latest information and guidance with regard to our service.
KBS will follow government advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic to which all our staff are required to adhere.
We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience that changes we make to our service may cause but hope that you will understand that the safety and wellbeing of those who provide and access our service is paramount.
We are continuing to offer a service to our clients although we are unable to see anyone face to face at the moment.
If we can help please do contact us.
Coronavirus and Bereavement
Coronavirus is making it very difficult to say goodbye. People can’t say goodbye in the way they would expect, funerals cannot take place as they normally would, and families cannot grieve together.
There are still ways to celebrate the lives of those we have lost, and mourn meaningfully together. Many funerals are being ‘live streamed’; lighting a candle in front of a photo of the person who has died while the funeral is taking place is a way of still feeling connected to what is happening.
Planning for a memorial event when life has returned to normal is also a way of feeling more in control of events.
Video calling means people can feel connected and chat in a group rather than a simple one to one telephone call.
If someone dies of coronavirus, you may not have been able to be with that person in the weeks leading up to the death. You may question the treatment they received. This is very traumatic, combined with other worries at this time – being apart from other loved ones and financial worries, for example.
Grieving while self isolating can make the feelings of loneliness and loss more intense.
Please click here for information and tips on grieving and bereavement.
For immediate help, you can call the CRUSE National Helpline on 0808 808 1677 or the Samaritans on 116 123.
Kingston Bereavement Service is a friendly, local charity established in 1988. We remain committed to supporting children, young people, adults and families who have been bereaved and are trying to come to terms with the impact that the death of someone close is having on their lives.
We do this through offering counselling for individuals and support and training for health, social and education professionals and local employers to help them develop their understanding of the bereavement process and its impact.
Our free service is available to anyone living, working or studying in Kingston and who is registered with a GP in the borough.
If you are not registered with a GP in the borough of Kingston but you are living, working or studying in the borough, we may be able to see you as a self-referral and there will be a fee to pay for each session.
Please contact us on 020 8547 1552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to
- have counselling
- organise some training
- or have any queries
Please click here to see the Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group counselling directory for useful services in the area.
*Please note that if you need a death certificate following a death in hospital, you need to contact the Bereavement Office at Kingston Hospital. Click here for their details. For other information, see our Practical Information page here*
Kingston Bereavement Service is a Registered Charity | Charity Number 1160983 |