Coronavirus Northern Ireland: New helpline for those bereaved during COVID-19

Posted by
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust, through a collaborative partnership across bereavement, social work and nursing services, has opened a helpline for bereaved people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The helpline, 028 37 567990, will be operated by professionals with knowledge, insight and experience of grief and loss, initially Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. 



A voicemail service will be available outside these hours. 

Speaking to Newry Times, Sharon McCloskey, Bereavement Co-ordinator with the Southern Trust, said, “Grieving is always painful, but this is made more difficult at present when our normal practices around dying and death are disrupted.



“Social distancing makes it harder for us to receive support from our families and friends.

“We know how difficult it is for bereaved people to lift the phone, but we want to reassure everyone that we are here to listen with compassion, to give the caller space to talk and to suggest additional sources of support where they may be helpful. 



“We want to stress that this service is for anyone who is bereaved during this time and not just from a death due to COVID-19,” she added.


Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE


Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in