Grieving is the name given to the natural reactions we encounter after the death of someone close to us.
At the time of a bereavement you will be subject to an array of different emotions which all form part of the grieving process. Like physical injury the recovery and healing process can take time, this period should not be rushed and varies from person to person. Whilst many believe that ‘time is a great healer’ this concept can be difficult to comprehend as many fear the future alone or without the support of the deceased. You may initially feel disbelief, panic, confusion and even anger, all these emotions are normal and to be expected.
We have many years experience of supporting bereaved families and friends thus helping us to understand the grieving process, which can develop during the days, weeks or even months following the loss of a loved one. Do not be afraid to call us at any time if you would like someone to talk to or just to listen, we are always here for you.
There are a number of ways in which you can help yourself through the grieving process that may assist you in dealing with your loss:
Be gentle and don’t expect too much of yourself.
- Care for yourself, sleep and nourishment are important to your well being.
- Take some form of exercise, a gentle walk is perfect.
- Avoid alcohol; it only helps to temporarily numb the pain.
- Avoid relying on sleep medication in the long term.
- Be kind to yourself, try and do one thing for yourself every week.
- Do not suppress your feelings, emotions and anger.
- Start a diary or memories box, photos, mementos, can help.
- Above all recall happy memories of your loved one.
We work closely with a team of independent specialists in bereavement counselling and will personally fund one session up to a year following your loss. Such help should not be seen as a weakness but as an aid to help you through your difficult time.