Bereavement & Loss
What Is It?
Bereavement is sometimes also referred to as grief when someone in your life passes away. It is a term used to describe the sense of loss in which various emotions are experienced. During bereavement there is very gradual movement towards acceptance, coming to terms with what has happened and adjusting to life without the person there.
Unlike depression, grief is not considered a mental health difficulty. For example, anger, confusion and emptiness are all natural reactions to death. However, when these feelings last for a very long time, additional support might need to be accessed. There is no ‘normal’ length of time for bereavement and it is understood that it never really ‘ends’.
What Might Help?
- Talking can help. It is important to accept that everyone grieves in their own way. Talking and expressing how you are feeling to others around you may help.
- Be kind to yourself. The bereavement process can take a long time; there should be no pressure to feel better again.
- Support agencies. There are various support agencies you might find helpful including Cruse.
- Staying healthy. Trying where possible to keep a good routine of eating regularly and sleeping may be helpful. Having some structure to your day will also help you to feel connected to the real world.
- Seek Professional Help. Grieving is a completely natural process and can take time. Some people need specialist help to cope with difficult feelings. Talking with someone who is trained in bereavement counselling may be helpful.
Useful Clips and Stories:
- A model to explain the 5 stages of grief The 5 stages of grief
- Personal stories of experiences of bereavements
- More stories of experiences of bereavements