We can support you if you’re dealing with grief after losing someone close to you. You don’t even have to be a Bupa customer.

Dealing with bereavement

Everyone experiences the death of a loved one at some point. That’s normal, because death is part of life. But the grief you experience when dealing with loss through bereavement can be devastating and can affect your mental health.

You may experience the following; feeling overwhelmed, in shock, denial, anger, confusion, yearning, fear and regret. You may become fearful of losing others you love. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve, and there’s no timeline for grieving, each individual will grieve in their own unique way, but there are lots of ways to find the support you need. It’s also very important to make time to try and be a little kinder to yourself.

This page may also be for you if you’re supporting a friend who is grieving, so you can help look after their mental health.

Podcast: Dealing with grief and loss due to COVID-19

The very unusual nature of the pandemic may have affected your goodbyes, the funeral, and the reactions of others. You may have found it difficult to get the support you need. Our 30-minute podcast may help.

Our tips for dealing with grief

Understanding grief and bereavement

This article explores the impact of grief. Also, what to do if your grief becomes complex or it’s difficult to move on as you need to.

Dealing with bereavement for frontline workers

In this podcast, two Bupa counsellors explore how health and care staff are being affected by the loss of patients, residents, colleagues and loved ones due to COVID-19.

Hear it on your desktop via your usual browser, or download a podcast app to listen on your mobile

Supporting your mental health in the workplace

Whether you're a manager or an employee, we're here to help support your wellbeing in the workplace, whether you have a policy with us or not.

Workplace Wellbeing Hub

We’re here to help you support your team's wellbeing.

  • Discover how to implement a workplace wellbeing strategy
  • Get practical guidance on how to support your team's wellbeing, especially as they return to work
  • Use our range of guides to help support your team
  • Read our informative blog posts covering a range of topics

Workplace mental health

If you’re a manager, we can help you look after your team.

  • Learn how to set up a Wellness Action Plan
  • Improve your organisation's approach to mental health
  • Discover how to play an important role in supporting your team
  • Find out how to feel confident talking about mental health


We want to open up the conversation in your business.

  • Break the stigma attached to mental health in the workplace
  • Find out how we are encouraging businesses to open up
  • Get advice on talking about mental wellbeing with your team
  • Listen to our podcasts covering mental health in the workplace

Help in dealing with grief from Bupa’s experts

Our wellbeing platform, Healthy Me, is where you’ll find a wide range of help in dealing with bereavement.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

  • Samaritans

  • Mind

  • YoungMinds

  • Mental Health Foundation

  • Rethink Mental Illness

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or up to five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.

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