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Things might be feeling pretty uncertain right now and that can lead to heightened anxiety - so the Church of England is offering extra support in the form of prayers, reflections and tips to help you look after your mental health. View/download the Mental Health reflections booklet here.

For those unable to attend a funeral

People who cannot attend a funeral because of the coronavirus restrictions are being provided with prayers and suggestions on how to pay their own tribute at home to the person who has died in a simple guide published by the Church of England.

It's so difficult when you can’t go to a funeral, whether for family, friend or neighbour. Many are facing this in the current crisis, so this short reflection has been specially written by a vicar for you to do at home, alone or with those who share your home. You might ask others to take part at the same time from their home.

When this time of social distancing is over, there may well be an opportunity to meet together at a special time of remembering and thankfulness. Your memories now can be part of that experience when the time comes.

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Light a virtual candle in memory of a loved one

Lighting a candle can be a helpful way to pray for someone. You can do this with an online candle, to help you think about someone who has died and pray for all those who miss them. Follow each step to light a candle now.

Other useful links

Dealing with loneliness and isolation: five top tips

Feeling lonely - NHS support

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What is self-isolation and why is it important?

Loneliness: Information and support from MIND

Samaritans - whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you

Hertfordshire County Council: Coronavirus Bereavement guides