Emotional Support & Advice

When someone close to you dies you will experience a whole range of emotions, some of which may surprise you. You may feel a sense of numbness or disbelief that the death has happened. Many people feel overwhelming sadness and some even feel anger that the person has been taken from them.

Guilt is also a common emotion, especially if you have not seen the person recently, there is unfinished business or you have been nursing someone at the end of their life – you may feel you could have done more to ease their suffering.

It is normal and healthy to experience these emotions rather than hold them in. The more able you are to express emotions the easier they will be to deal with.

Use the support of those around you and surround yourself with people who will give you the time and space to grieve as you see fit. The process of learning to cope after a death can take months or even years and some people feel like they never truly recover from the death of a loved one.

You aren’t likely to find it easy but coping with bereavement is about managing one task at a time and moving through each day to the best of your ability.

In this section you can find more information on reactions to death and the grieving process, how to help bereaved children and coping with depression. If you need help and support may find it in our forum.