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Bereavement

Grief after Bereavement or Loss

Information taken from NHS.UK

 

Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help. 

 

Symptoms of bereavement, grief and loss

 

Bereavement, grief and loss can cause many different symptoms and they affect people in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to feel. As well as bereavement, there are other types of loss such as the end of relationship or losing a job or home. 

 

Some of the most common symptoms include:

 

  • Shock and numbness- this is usually the fist reaction to loss, and often people talk about 'being in a daze'
  • Overwhelming sadness, with lots of crying
  • Tiredness or exhaustion 
  • Anger- towards the person you have lost or the reason for your loss
  • Guilt- for example, guilt about feeling angry, about something you said or did not say, or not being able to stop your loved one dying

 

These feelings many not be there all the time and powerful feelings may appear unexpectedly. 

 

Things you can try to help with bereavement, grief and loss

 

DO: 

 

 

DON'T:

 

  • Do not try and do everything at once- set small targets that you can easily achieve
  • Do not focus on the things you cannot change- focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better
  • Try not to tell yourself that you're alone- most people feel grief after a loss and support is available 
  • Try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve grief- these can all contribute to poor mental health 
  • Do not compare your grief journey to others, everyone copes differently and there is no time line to feel better
  • Do not put pressure on yourself to 'feel ok'

 

Further Information and Support

 

 

 

 

Bereavement support and advice following the death of a child

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