Bereavement

The Good Grief Trust

The Good Grief Trust exists to help all those suffering grief in the UK. They aim to find the bereaved, acknowledge their grief and provide reassurance, a virtual hand of friendship and ongoing support.

Twitter: @goodgrieftrust

Facebook: @thegoodgrieftrust

Instagram: @thegoodgrieftrust

Website: www.thegoodgrieftrust.org

Email: hello@thegoodgrieftrust.org

Wigan Council Bereavement Support

The following agencies and services are available to people looking for support with bereavement.

Website: www.wigan.gov.uk/Bereavement-support

Mental Health

Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give) is a set of activities, which helps provide you with the skills to be happier, healthier and better able to cope in everyday life, especially when things aren’t going so well.

Telephone: 01744 371 111

Website: www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk

Email: chcp.sthelens@nhs.net

Survivors Of Bereavement By Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.

Website: www.uksobs.org

Social Prescribing

Access a range of local community groups, free activities and support for your social, emotional or practical needs. You will be assigned a link worker who will work with you on a one to one basis to help find activities and support services that will improve your wellbeing.

Telephone: 01744 371 111

Website: www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk

Email: chcp.sthelens@nhs.net

Guide to if Death occurs at Home or in Hospital

If Death occurs at Home

1. Telephone the doctor who will visit to confirm that death has taken place.

2. Contact a funeral director.

3. Arrange to collect the doctor’s Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery).

4. Take this to the Registrar’s Office, (together with the deceased’s Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrar’s Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.

5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

If the Death occurs in Hospital

1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 – 5 as above