Supporting those who have suffered a bereavement

8 July 2020 – 16 Tammuz 5780
Queens Award

8 July 2020

Liberal Judaism is delighted to highlight two services to support those individuals, families and communities who have suffered bereavement or anguish in these difficult times.

Phyllis Alden, a member of Manchester Liberal Jewish Community, is able to offer support to anyone who has lost a loved one or is struggling with the physical or emotional aftermath of COVID-19.

Her help is also available to those front-line workers who may feel they would benefit from having someone outside to talk with about their stresses and difficulties.

Phyllis gives time for people to talk about their feelings and difficulties and, if it is helpful, offer some signposting for where to obtain further help.

Phyllis can be contacted via email on

The Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue Bereavement Group has been opened up to all in Liberal Judaism.

The group, which has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, supports those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

The specially trained team is assisted by a professional psychotherapist and provides exceptional care and support. All bereaved members are contacted and offered ongoing telephone contact or home (currently online) visits for a few months or for as long as is beneficial.

To assist those who have very recently been bereaved or are planning a stone setting, a reference document has been prepared which provides practical guidance to help manage the immediate requirements following a death.

Since the Bereavement Support Group started, help has been provided to more than 1,000 people.

For more information about the group or if you would like to talk to them, please contact the NPLS office on


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