Bereavement support during coronavirus

Losing a loved one is difficult and dealing with bereavement and grief during the coronavirus outbreak can be extremely difficult. 

Our Bereavement Service provides helpful, considerate and professional advice and can assist you with the procedures that must be followed when someone dies.

They can advise you on the Municipal Funeral Service, a lower cost dignified funeral, and many other matters and costs related to losing a loved one.

Financial help (bereavement benefits) and help with funeral costs

Depending on your circumstances you could be eligible for financial support and help with funeral costs. 

Bury Bereavement Guide

A Bereavement Guide is also available to help you access all the information you need to assist you through your bereavement, including suggesting organisations you may wish to contact for support.  It will let you know what is required by law and what your choices are within it.

Mourners at funerals

Public Health England has issued guidance for those managing or organising funerals during the coronavirus outbreak.  This guidance aims to ensure that bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect, while protecting individuals, communities and those in the funeral industry from the risk of infection. 

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

This service is available to anyone living within Greater Manchester, bereaved or affected by a death. 

You can phone the service for support:

  • Phone 0161 983 0902
  • 9am to 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (except bank holidays)
  • 9am to 8pm on Wednesday

The service also has a website where you can find out about support in your area and nationally.