Experiencing bereavement is difficult at any time but it may be particularly traumatic during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a wealth of support available to you, and we have put together details of support services ranging from emotional support and peer support to practical advice and guidance. 

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Dorset Open Door

If you’re not sure what you might find helpful, Dorset Open Door can helpAs a partnership of healthcare organisations and charities, they’ll explore your options with you and link you with the right service. You can call 01305 361 361 or email dhc.dorsetopendoor@nhs.net Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Advice and guidance


Children and families

Mental health crisis

If you’re in distress or feel you can’t cope, contact Connection, Dorset’s 24/7 helpline: 0800 652 0190.

Or call Samaritans: 116 123.

Bereavement by suicide

Other resources and support