Jason Watkins discusses importance of bereavement support during the coronavirus pandemic

BAFTA-winning actor and patron of Child Bereavement UK, Jason Watkins, joined Good Morning Britain to discuss the vital work the charity is doing during the global pandemic. 

Jason told Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh: "All those other funny things that we're doing is to add some kind of light relief to what is a terrible time to so many people. We're all aware of sirens passing our front door every few minutes so Child Bereavement UK is a fantastic charity.

"If you're a child who has already lost a parent, the idea that your other surviving parent may die - particularly in young children - is a terrible place to be and that's particularly hard," he added.

Explaining the importance of support, Jason said: "Bereavement support is a lifeline for many at this very difficult time and will be needed long after the virus abates. Grief is a long journey and the pandemic will impact people’s ability to grieve in the ways they would normally, for example, being with family and friends, hugging each other.

"This can lead to people feeling isolated in their grief. It's important to know that help is out there, and Child Bereavement UK is a point of contact for anyone in need of support," he added.

More support:

Adult and child bereavement helplines