Due to reduced demand, the Trust Bereavement helpline, established in May 2020 to offer telephone support and advice for anyone bereaved in any way at any time, will cease from the 23rd July 2021. Telephone helpline support remains available through the Cruse bereavement helpline (0808 808 1677​) or Lifeline (0808 808 8000).

Sharon McCloskey, bereavement co-ordinator remains available to staff for advice or support relating to themselves or people in their care. She can be contacted on 028 3756 0085. If Sharon is not available, callers are requested to leave a message and their call will be returned.

Dealing with Grief and Bereavement during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Regional Resources:

NI Bereavement Network and Public Health Agency:  

Grief and bereavement during the Covid-19 pandemic- supporting yourself and others

Death During COVID 19 Pandemic Practical Guidance

Saying Goodbye workbook for children

Northern Ireland Bereavement Service:  and

Palliative Care in Partnership:

Northern Ireland Social Care Council: Hope, Hints and How To; Helping you respond to living and dying issues during Covid-19’ which includes a section on ‘Grieving & Support during Covid-19’


Anam Cara is holding and online Parent Evening on Monday, 15th March 2021 at 7 pm hosted by Kate Dornan.  Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to all bereaved parents. If you would like to join this meeting please telephone  please telephone 085 288 8888 or email

Support Organisations:

Anam Cara (supporting bereaved parents):

Barnardo’s NI (supporting bereaved children):

Cruse Bereavement Care:

Marie Curie Telephone Bereavement Support:  Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309* free national listening support service for people who have been bereaved due to terminal illness. *Calls are free. Lines are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 11am-5pm on Saturday


Bereavement is an experience that can happen to any of us and if you are visiting this section of the website because someone close to you has died recently we would like to offer you our sincere sympathy.

If you would like support at this difficult time, please see the resources below which we hope will provide you with information, help and guidance.

The Southern Trust’s ’Coping with bereavement’ booklet contains information on the practical matters which may be useful in the days following your loved one’s death. Helpful information on living with grief and bereavement is included along with details of organisations offering support. The booklet has been translated into a number of languages.

Coping with Bereavement:

Coping with Bereavement (PDF / 69 KB)
Coping with Bereavement – Lithuanian – Artimųjų netekties išgyvenimas
Coping with Bereavement – Polish – Jak radzić sobie w okresie żałoby
Coping with Bereavement – Portuguese – Lidando com perdas
Coping with Bereavement – Russian – Как справиться c тяжелой утратой
Coping with Bereavement – Tetum – Trata ho Pézames
Coping with Bereavement_Romanian
Coping with Bereavement_Bulgarian
Coping with Bereavement_Arabic

Depending on the circumstances of your bereavement you may find the following booklets helpful:
  • When someone close to you dies-a guide to supporting children

When someone close to you dies – a guide for talking with and supporting children.  Translated versions of this booklet available here:

  • Information and help following the death of a relative or friend in a residential or nursing home

Information for relatives-friends bereaved following death in a care home

  • Help and hope: for men living with loss.

Help and Hope for men living with loss

  • Dealing with sudden death-common grief reactions

Dealing with Sudden Death in Adulthood

Dealing with Sudden Death – helping children and adolescents

Dealing with Sudden Death – information for young people

  • Help is at hand-support after someone may have died by suicide.

Help is at Hand

  • Social Security Agency: Bereavement service:

A Freephone bereavement service is available which enables you to report a person’s death, check if you might be entitled to benefits or financial help, make a claim for benefits or for a social fund funeral payment. They can be contacted at 0800 085 2463

  • Further information on support organisations can be found on the link below:

Bereavement Support Organisations

Special services of remembrance

Three services of remembrance take place in the Trust each year.

  • A service to remember patients and staff who have died
  • A service to remember babies, children and young people who have died in Craigavon Area Hospital or the surrounding communities
  • A service to remember babies, children and young people who have died in Daisy Hill Hospital or the surrounding communities

Further information on the services will be posted on this website and in local press, church bulletins and through social media.

Books of Remembrance

Books of remembrance hold the names of babies and children who have died in our hospitals or our wider community. Their names are entered on their parents’ request.  There is no time limit for when names can be added and parents can also write some words to be included alongside their baby or child’s name. The books are rededicated at our services of remembrance each year.  If you would like more information on the books, please contact the bereavement co-ordinator (details below).

We would welcome your feedback

We hope you have found the information you were looking for when you visited this page. If you would like to comment on it or suggest improvements we will be pleased to hear from you. If you would like to give feedback on the care provided to your loved one or about your own experience of the support you received at this time by the Trust, please contact the bereavement coordinator (details above).

Immediate support if in distress

If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, no matter what age or location in Northern Ireland, organisations are available to help.

  • Lifeline 0808 808 8000: Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to listen and give help and support in confidence. Calls are free from all UK Landlines and mobiles.
  • The Samaritans: Samaritan volunteers can be contacted by phone 24 hours a day by calling 116 123. If it is easier to communicate by email, the email address is This is not an immediate response service, with responses returned by volunteers within 24 hours. For more information visit their website:


Dr Sharon McCloskey

Trust Bereavement Co-ordinator

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

The Rowans

Craigavon Area Hospital

68 Lurgan Road


BT63 5QQ

Call us028 37560085