When someone we care about dies, we generally find comfort from the support of our family, friends and community. COVID-19 disrupts these usual sources of support, including being unable to gather around when our family member is dying and attending tangihanga or funerals. This may have an impact on our grief.
Our bereavement teams are here to support those of you in our service as you navigate grief in these unusual times. Please contact us by phone or email if you would like some assistance.
Listed below are some resources that you, friends or whānau may find helpful:
- Mary Potter Hospice’s booklet About Grief
The websites below have information on grief as well resources:
We acknowledge that receiving palliative care on a ‘normal’ day has challenges. These challenges are likely to feel bigger now with a change in levels that are required to keep us safe during COVID-19.
There are also free phone helplines open during COVID-19:
- Free call or text 1737 anytime to talk to a trained counsellor
- Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 (HELP)
- Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
- Samaritans – 0800 726 666
- Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for free COVID19 health advice
Please take care of yourself and your family and whānau and stay safe!