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News Archive May 2020

Bereavement Support during the Covid-19 pandemic

Support Partnership

Bereavement Support during the Covid-19 pandemic

If you’ve been bereaved and need emotional support, or someone to talk to because of the impact of the current pandemic, we’re here to help.
We can support anyone who has recently lost a loved one, and professionals affected by Coronavirus deaths.
How we can help
Marie Curie Companions can provide bereavement support for people across Somerset who are over the age of 18. This service provides telephone support calls with compassionate volunteers.
In addition, a further six sessions of one to one bereavement counselling can be provided by experienced bereavement support workers at Mind in Somerset specialist bereavement service. Mind in Somerset support adults and children aged 12+ . They can work in a whole family setting if needed.
We are here to help and welcome your call. 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Call us on: 0800 304 7412

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 22nd May 2020


Since lockdown began in the UK, Poet Liv Torc has made a three-minute film each week documenting people’s perspectives of living through lockdown via their Haiku (or Haiflu) poems and photographs which are edited together to music. The result has been a really moving testimony to our collective experiences, and the process is open to everyone…find the films on YouTube searching Haiflu…

Overwhelmingly, participants have found that this process has really helped with their Mental Health and sense of community. We know that isolation increases risk of self-injury and suicide. Becoming part of this collaboration can help reduce isolation and gives us a voice.

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness week on 18th -24th of May, Liv’s film for that week will have an additional theme of ‘Acts of Kindness’. There will be a call out for people to capture their feelings and images of kindness this during that week, and to contribute to the project, just #Haiflu and #AOK to enjoy the films or to take part.

To see how to write one and how to get involved just watch this short how to video.


“The first time I came across one of Liv’s Haiflu films, was the first time I was actually able to feel something since the virus broke. I was already bereaved. I watched, read and listened to the Haiflu and for the first time in lock down I was able to concentrate long enough to process some of the Haiku’s. I was actually able to ‘feel ‘ what they were saying.”

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 15th May 2020

Thank you for your support!

All of us at Mind in Somerset are incredibly touched by the support we are receiving from the local community. THANK YOU to Bridgwater Netball Club for choosing to donate £1000 to Mind in Somerset. £1000 helps our Mindline service run through the night giving people a safe space to talk.

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 6th May 2020

We are grateful for support from: