Coping with Bereavement

Experiencing the loss of someone close to us through death is an inevitable part of life but that does not make it any easier.

Experiencing the loss of someone close to us through death is an inevitable part of life but that does not make it any easier when we experience it. Adjusting to life without the person who has died takes time usually more time than we realise. Eventually most people are able to make these adjustments and look forward. There are many bereavement support contacts for those who need extra help. You can also listen to our podcast on bereavement below with Racing TV Broadcaster Lydia Hislop, Jockey Development Manager Joe Fohley-Corah and Grief Counsellor Karen Burgess who talk honestly about the effects of grief as well as offering their coping strategies.

Practical Advice

It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what you need to do first, especially if this is the first time you are experiencing it. There are many procedures that will need to be undertaken.

  • If the death has happened unexpectedly, you should dial 999 and ask for an ambulance and police immediately.
  • If the death is expected then you should contact the deceased’s GP or the nearest doctor.
  • One of the first things that needs to happen when someone has died is for the death to be registered. The death must be registered by the registrar, within 5 days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and within 8 days in Scotland. Delays due to the involvement of a coroner are not usually counted within these time frames.

For more information visit Gov.uk for a step-by-step guide on what to do when someone dies.

COVID-19 and Bereavement

During the global pandemic, we understand it is a particularly difficult time to be dealing with bereavement. You may not have the usual support network around you due to the current lockdown and this may heighten your sense of grief and loss.

The government have created some support documents to help those bereaved. It explains the next steps, answers some of your questions and offers information on the extra help and support available to you.

Cruse Bereavement Care have also created a support portal for anyone dealing with grief through Coronavirus.

Get Support Now

If you are feeling low and need to talk to someone confidentially about bereavement you can contact us in the following ways:

  • call us on 0800 6300 443
  • Speak to a trained counsellor here
You may also find the following information helpful:

Do not hestitate to contact us – you are never alone.

You can also get in touch with the National Chaplain for the Horseracing Industry. All racing staff have access to support from the National Chaplain to Horseracing, regardless of their religious beliefs, or lack of them.

Useful links

Cruse Bereavement Care

NHS bereavement support search service

The Loss Foundation