Uncomfortable as it is, the coronavirus pandemic means many of us are being forced to confront death in ways we never could’ve comprehended. Dying, death and bereavement are difficult to process at any time, but even more so now, when anxiety is high, and we are unable to come together to support each other.
As such, we want to let your members know that Marie Curie is here to help them. As an end of life care charity, specialising in caring for dying people and their families, we appreciate how distressing this is for people. If your members are worried, caring for someone, bereaved or working on frontline content, they can call our free telephone support line. Trained staff, including nurses, are ready to provide information and emotional support including bereavement and spiritual support, as well as a check-in and chat service where people can access the compassionate care and support of our volunteers.
Marie Curie also recently launched a national bereavement service available to anyone affected by the death of a loved one. The service enables people to access free emotional support from a dedicated volunteer, over the phone, for up to six weeks.
To access Marie Curie’s new bereavement service or speak to a support line officer, call the Marie Curie Support Line free on 0800 090 2309. Calls are free. Lines are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can also visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support