17th September 2021

‘Tis the season to be jolly… But for a lot of people it’s not

The festive season can be a particularly challenging time of year for anyone who has lost someone from their life. While the rest of the world is in the mood the celebrate and be joyful, finding the space to grieve can be difficult. Everywhere is covered with fairy lights and tinsel, Christmas songs play continuously in shops and on the radio, and back-to-back advertisements of Christmas togetherness are on TV. Rather than cheering someone up, it can emphasise the fact that someone is missing.

The Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service will be operating as normal throughout the coming weeks to support those who’ve been bereaved by suicide.

Please do continue to reach out if you are supporting someone who has been bereaved by suicide, or to access support for yourself if you have been professionally, or personally affected by a death by suicide.

Non-suicide bereavement support can be accessed through the Somerset Bereavement Support Partnership which also continues to run as normal. 

The Somerset Bereavement Support Partnership offers:

  • 3 telephone support calls through Marie Curie Companions
  • 6 further bereavement support sessions through Mind in Somerset (their team + external support workers) if desired

This support is available to anyone in Somerset who has been bereaved since the pandemic began.

The number to contact is: 0800 3047 412 |  9am-5pm

Professional referrals will be accepted.

If you are a professional who has been affected by COVID-19 deaths within your role, the service is there for you too.