The death of someone in our lives can be extremely distressing.
Grief is a normal process and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Everyone’s grief is unique to them. There are a number of feelings that people may experience, including; shock, disbelief anger, guilt and intense sadness. These types of feelings are ‘normal’ when you are grieving and it is important to give yourself permission to do so.
Ways you can support yourself
Where possible find ways, with those closest to you, to remember the person who has passed away. If attending a funeral is not possible, organise a time to connect virtually with others either in person, by telephone or video chat. You may wish to come together virtually to say a prayer, read a poem that describes how you are feeling, or share memories of the person. If this isn’t possible, listen to a special piece of music or write a letter to mark saying good bye. Remember that a service of remembrance can also be held.
Share your feelings with friends and relatives. If you don’t have anyone to talk to there are organisations that will support you during this time. It may help to talk to the person who has died. Sometimes having a picture or an object that you helps you feels closer to them can be reassuring.
Importantly, please don’t struggle alone. There are many organisations who offer support to adults and children locally and nationally online, over the phone or by video. Below are some useful videos, information and links.
Bereavement support specifically for Children and Young People:
Access to relevant services we offer:
Here some videos you may find helpful:
The Phases of Grief - understanding bereavement
Dr Tamily Duggan from CWPT talking about bereavement support
How do you help a grieving friend?
Coping with bereavement // The Missing Piece
The Grieving Process: Coping with Death