Many Londoners have experienced very sudden and traumatic loss during the pandemic.

As we begin to work towards London’s recovery from the pandemic, now is the right time to reflect upon the scale of loss and death which is still being felt.

In loving memory of Londoners lost is a citywide campaign, providing an opportunity to raise awareness of all aspects of grief and loss and learn how we can support the loved ones left behind.

Where to find more advice, information

There is no ‘right way’ to grieve, no rules about how somebody will feel, and how long it will take.

Grief is a natural process, but it can also be very difficult and isolating – even as London eases lockdown restrictions. You may feel like you are coping and then be hit by waves of grief some considerable time after experiencing a loss.

Whilst this is a normal response to loss, it is important to know that there is support and advice available. Start by searching for bereavement services in your area by finding out what your local council offers.

The following websites provide support for wherever you live in London:

  • Cruse Bereavement Care – offers a helpline, webchat, and local services alongside bereavement support, advice and information to children, young people and adults.
  • At A Loss – a signposting website for anyone bereaved and those supporting them.
  • The Good Grief Trust – helping the bereaved acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, offering a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.

Additionally, Thrive LDN’s Support After Sudden Bereavement resource was created with leading charity partners for those grieving the death of someone close or supporting someone going through sudden bereavement, including bereavement by suicide.

Offering support to someone who is grieving

If you are trying to support somebody who is bereaved, you may find it hard to find the right words or, worse, you may worry about saying the wrong thing.

As a society, we tend to shy away from speaking about death. This can make it harder for bereaved people to understand what they are going through, and to get the help they need, when they need it. And it can be difficult to know how to comfort somebody who is grieving. Explore some helpful articles and ways to offer support to someone who is grieving.

The important thing to remember is that reaching out to help somebody who is grieving is a really valuable thing to do. Bereavement can be lonely, even just checking in with a text message or email lets somebody know you’re thinking of them and that you will be there when they are ready to talk.

Practical support and guidance when someone dies

London-specific support is available and regularly updated via City Hall’s COVID-19 Hub.

Practical information on registering a death, impact on funerals and financial support for funerals can be found on the Government’s website.

Show your support

Nothing will make losing someone any easier, but together we can support Londoners to talk about grief and bereavement, so that people can find the support to get through it and know where to go if they need extra help.

Download the In loving memory of Londoners lost campaign toolkit and learn how you can support the campaign. Or click on an image below to download directly.