The loss of a close relative or friend can be devastating and brings about very strong emotions. For some people, grieving starts at the time of diagnosis, at the time of death and for others it happens sometimes years later. Grief is a natural response to losing someone important to you.
In the first minutes and hours, you may have many different feelings and emotions, and this is normal. There's no right or wrong way to feel or behave at a time like this. You may go into shock or feel numb. You may feel disbelief and think that what's happened is not real. You may feel relief at first if the person has been in pain or if caring for them has become difficult. Later on, people can experience a variety of emotions, like anger, denial, anxiety, bargaining, guilt, despair, depression, acceptance and a range of physical symptoms.
There's no right or wrong way to grieve and it feels different for everyone. There's also no timescale for grief. So how long it takes for you to feel like you're beginning to both grieve and live again, will be different for everyone too.
What is Bereavement Counselling?
Bereavement Counselling is the support I can give you as a professional counsellor who is trained, qualified and experienced in helping you with your feelings of grief and loss. You can talk to me in a safe and nurturing space about the person who has died, about how their death is affecting you and how you are coping. Using my Counselling skills and techniques, I will help you to understand your feelings and begin to adapt to life without the person who has died.
I will treat you as an individual and provide the best support I can for you at this difficult time. The care I offer is heart-centred and non-judgemental – it’s simply a safe space for you to be heard, "feel" and release.