Grief and bereavement

Bereavement and grief are something that we are all likely to experience in our lives. When we experience grief, bereavement or loss, it can make us feel many different things and we all experience this differently.

Experiencing loss can be a confusing time. There is no normal or right way to grieve.

How we react will be influenced by our personal experience, the meaning we attach to our relationship with that person, our individual circumstances, and how we cope with loss.

If you are caring for someone who has been bereaved, it is also important to know how to help them as best you can as well as look after your own wellbeing too.

Coronavirus and bereavement

A bereavement from Covid-19 is likely to be a very challenging bereavement for most people and it is important that people are cared for and early on.

There are different organisations that can provide information and support for those experiencing bereavement or if you are caring for somebody who has been bereaved.

Cruse Bereavement care

Cruse Bereavement offers telephone, email, and website support.

They have extensive articles and information on grief and bereavement that explore how you may be able to help yourself and others, and local services to you.

They also have specific information about coronavirus and bereavement and grief.


Sudden helps suddenly bereaved people access free information, advice, and guidance, including helping suddenly bereaved people access specialist care and support after their bereavement.

They also have specific information on bereavement and coronavirus for people who have been bereaved, and advice if you are caring for a bereaved person.

The Good Grief Trust

The Good Grief Trust is run by the bereaved for the bereaved. They provide information and guidance on where you can find support. They also have specific information for those who have been bereaved though coronavirus or other circumstances during these times.

Winston's Wish

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them. They have also developed some resources and information specifically around bereavement and coronavirus.


As well as their usual information and telephone line, the Samaritans have developed specific information for those who may be concerned about their mental health during this time.


The NHS has information on the symptoms you may experience when you are bereaved, a mood self-assessment tool, and some things to try to help with bereavement, grief and loss.

We are also here to support you

We are committed to providing support, advice and guidance to students and staff who are experiencing bereavement and loss. Further support options are available.


Our Student Wellbeing Service is available by phone and email.

Spectrum.Life provides you with access to counselling support to help you cope and deal more effectively with any personal problems.


Confidential and independent counselling is available for staff and family members through the University's Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

The counselling service is called Confidential Care and is provided to the University through CiC. It can be accessed through HR Occupational Health.

The Advice Line is available 24/7, with up to six sessions provided by trained and accredited counsellors.


The University of Greenwich Chaplaincy is available for both students and staff.

The team offers help and guidance to people of all religions and beliefs, as well as those without particular beliefs.