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Bereavement & Loss

Bereavement is something that most people will experience at some point in their lives and will often be the most distressing and emotionally painful experience that a person will go through. Grief can be connected to many different and sometimes conflicting emotions, and can feel confusing and disorientating.

Usually, immediately following the death of a loved one or someone close, people feel shocked and numb. In time, other feelings and emotions take hold and can feel complicated and confusing depending on the relationship we had. Grief often brings feelings of depression and a sense of life feeling pointless and empty.

We tend to think of bereavement as being about the loss of someone close, however it is also possible to experience grief about an event connected with loss – such as  loosing a job/career or perhaps loss of mobility or independence through ill health. People can experience feelings and emotions of bereavement, as they are grieving in a very real sense about an important loss.

Feelings/emotions can include.

  • Shock.

  • Unbearable sadness.

  • Yearning/Longing.

  • Guilt.

  • Anger.

  • Depression.

  • Disorientation.

  • Emptiness/Loneliness.

How can Counselling help?

Bereavement and loss can feel completely overwhelming and utterly devastating. Counselling can help you to understanding the grieving process and the various stages experienced during bereavement and support you as you gradually come to terms with your loss.


Exploring complicated feelings and areas of unresolved conflict, can help to reach acceptance and help a person feel able to begin to function normally again.

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