COVID-19 Support and Information

Essex Carers Support is changing the ways that it delivers it’s services in order to best assist and support carers during these difficult and unprecedented times.

For the most up to date information about the current Covid19 guidelines please use this link to take you to the Government website.





For some sources of support specifically for you in your role as a carer please use this link to Carers UK website where they have put together a number of resources and information that might be useful at this time..

Finally, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are a Carer and want to talk to one of our team here at Essex Carers Support.


Other helpful Information:


Supporting the Bereaved

St Helena are working in partnership with Age Concern Colchester and NE Essex and CVS Tendring to develop a responsive bereavement support service delivered by counsellors and trained volunteers.

The Essex County Council website, bereavement support

St Helena Hospital website

Information about Pastoral support from local Church and faith leaders is available

through these links:

The NHS website, coping with bereavement

The CRUSE website, coronavirus

Mind website, bereavement



Registering a death

Essex Registration Service is operating on a restricted basis. Registration Offices are currently closed due to government instructions to close public libraries and gathering places. You must apply on line or call Essex County Council to arrange a telephone appointment to register a death or a stillbirth.


Visit the Essex County Council website for more about registering a death.


Deaths must be registered within 5 days. If the death is being investigated by the Coroner this might not be possible. Southend and Thurrock have separate arrangements for registering a death.

Funeral Arrangements

Currently funerals can be attended by a limited number of people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend.

Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Government Website for the most up to date guidance

Funeral directors have to carry out their responsibilities adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing and protecting the health of mourners and their own employees.  There can be slight differences in the ways that funeral directors carry out their services; they will advise relatives accordingly.

Involving people who are unable to attend the funeral

There are various ways that those who are unable to attend the funeral can be involved. The funeral director will be able to discuss options of recording or live-streaming the proceedings. Other ways are suggested on the following websites:

The Marie Curie website, organising funerals

The Marie Curie website, saying goodbye

The CRUSE website

The National Association of Funeral Directors website


Further Sources of information:

Tendring District Council website

The Marie Curie website

Age UK website

Funeral Directors and Monumental Masons website

Co-op website

NOTE: Information regarding Coronavirus Covid-19 is changing all the time – please check for updates on websites​.