We know the impact of this pandemic on those grieving in isolation has been profound and many who have suffered a bereavement, as a result of Coronavirus, or under any other circumstance have been left feeling alone and isolated.
Throughout this crisis, an ever-increasing number of people are being affected by complex and acute grief, particularly those on their own with no one to turn to. It is now more important than ever that effective early signposting to bereavement services and easy-to-access support is available across the country.
The restrictions and limitations around funerals, saying goodbye to loved ones and not being able to have friends and family visit for comfort and a much-needed hug, has caused incredible distress.
The Good Grief Trust have run Virtual Cafes for seven months, bringing the bereaved together online for a chat in a relaxed friendly environment. These regular meet ups provide immediate peer support and have proved very popular. Many Café guests have popped in on a regular basis, from all corners of the UK and some British Citizens have dialled in from abroad as well. They have come together to meet others who understand, and firm new friendships have been made within the group.
“For the first time since my husband died I have felt a glimmer of optimism” – Jo
“I just wanted to thank you for letting me join the group, this is the best thing I have done for myself so far. You were all so warm and kind and it is refreshing to not have to explain myself self or justify how I am feeling. So grateful that you are there.”
“Being able to connect with others who are also struggling with the difficulties of grieving during lockdown has been a big comfort. I no longer feel so alone in my pain. At a time when all other forms of support are not available, the virtual cafes have been a lifeline.” – Elaine
Our vision is to ensure that every person who is bereaved knows they are not alone and would receive our combined condolence and signposting card from day one. This resource will ensure access to a choice of support and the knowledge that there is help and hope under our umbrella of over 800 local and regional services.