If you are newly bereaved


Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that has been bereaved or affected by a death. Call us on 0161 983 0902 or click Support in Your Area above.

About grief

Cruse Bereavement Care's guide to grief, what you can do to help yourself and what you can do to help others.


Online book of remembrance, for people and communities of all faiths and of none, where you will be able to add a memorial for someone you loved or cared for who has died during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tell Us Once Service

Lets you report a death to most Government organisations in one go.

At A Loss

Practical advice for people who are recently bereaved.

Talking to you about bereavement

The Good Grief Trust

Death Notification Service

A free service which allows you to notify a number of banks and building societies of someone's death, at the same time.

Suicide Bereavement UK's Death Notification Form

A form to help you know who to notify of a loved ones death. Please note, this is useful for anyone that may need to inform organisations of a death, not just those bereaved by suicide.

General resources


How to keep in touch with someone you can’t be with who may die

Childhood Bereavement Network: Some ways that you and your loved one can feel closer together, even at a distance.

Little Box of Big Thoughts [PDF]

Take a moment to think about someone who is/was important in your life.

At A Loss

Information, resources and support for people who are bereaved.

The Compassionate Friends Library

The Compassionate Friends Postal Lending Library is a library of over 1,250 books for bereaved parents, their families and those who seek to help them.

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

Resources for people bereaved by sudden unexplained death in childhood.

National Bereavement Service

Help for those in need of support during the difficult time of bereavement.

COVID-19 Bereavement advice


The current restrictions on social interaction and non-essential travel mean bereavement will be experienced differently.

COVID-19 bereavement advice

Good Grief provide updates on the crisis and will signpost you to the charities, support services and helplines that offer dedicated advice and information.

Dealing with bereavement and grief

Cruse Bereavement Care has lots of helpful resources about grief and COVID-19.

Supporting yourself and others during COVID-19

The British Psychological Society's guide on coping with death and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Death and grieving in a care home during the COVID-19 pandemic [PDF]

A guide for supporting staff, residents and their families.

Organising and attending a funeral during COVID-19


There is currently no government guidance preventing funeral services from taking place. However, funerals must comply with current guidance on social distancing and protection of high-risk groups, which might mean changes, for example to the way in which they are organised and how many people can attend.

Sector-wide advice issued on limiting attendance at funerals

Guidance on the number of people attending funerals.

Questions about funerals during COVID-19

The National Association of Funeral Directors provide up to date information for people organising funerals.

Quaker Social Action

Their Down to Earth project have produced suggestions about how to organise a meaningful funeral when people can’t attend.

Supporting someone who is bereaved


It can be very difficult to know what to say or do when someone you know has lost someone close. We often want to offer support but it can be hard to know what to say.

Hospice UK Supporting Bereavement [PDF]

A useful guide on how to help someone who is bereaved.

Supporting children that are bereaved


Resources for parents, carers and teachers to help support children that are bereaved.

Winston's Wish

Advice and guidance on how to support bereaved children during COVID-19.


Time4Me is a free, interactive workbook to be used with bereaved children and an adult. lt is designed to facilitate conversations around the death of a significant person in the child's life.

Child Bereavement UK

Support and information for parents, carers, and people that work with children and young people.


Coronavirus: Helping children to process loss

Winston's Wish

Separation anxiety: How lockdown has affected bereaved children and young people

Grief Encounter

A guide for young people to help navigate their grief.

Help 2 Make Sense

An online tool by Winston’s Wish that helps young people who have experienced the death of a loved one come to terms with their loss.

Support for people bereaved by suicide


Information and resources for people that are bereaved or affected by suicide or supporting someone who has lost someone to suicide.

Help is at Hand

A guide to help support you after someone may have died by suicide.

Finding the Words

How to support someone who has been bereaved and affected by suicide.

Shining a Light on suicide

Information for people bereaved by suicide.

Support After Suicide: Toolkit for employers

A toolkit to support employers in their response to the suicide of an employee, at work or outside the workplace.

Resources for Schools


Resources for teachers, teaching assistants, pastoral staff and senior management to help support children that are bereaved.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Information for schools on how to support children that are bereaved.

The Guardian

Article about how one school handled bereavement in school.

Winston's Wish

Support for school professionals who are supporting a bereaved pupil.

Creative Education: Support Bereaved Children

Online training course for people that work with children. Please note, this course requires a paid membership fee.

Child Bereavement UK

Resources to help teachers and education professionals support bereaved pupils, including a helpline.

Childhood Bereavement Network

An audit tool and action plan for schools.

Beyond Words

Bereavement information for people with learning disabilities or communication difficulties.

Winston's Wish

Guide to helping a bereaved child or young person to return to school

Resources for employers


Cruse Bereavement Care

Information and guidelines for employers to help support bereaved employees.


A guide to compassionate bereavement support

Information in other languages


Cantonese [PDF]

Bereavement support in Cantonese

Mandarin [PDF]

Bereavement support in Mandarin

Arabic [PDF]

Bereavement support in Arabic

Farsi [PDF]

Bereavement support in Farsi

Polish [PDF]

Bereavement support in Polish

Learning opportunities


Child Bereavement UK

A series of webinars and courses covering a range of topics to help support bereaved children and young people.

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service


Resources to help promote Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

Social media pack

Content to use on social media, including suggested posts and graphics.