Grief and Loss
This page provides information about bereavement, and where you can get advice and support.
Coping with grief and loss
- There’s no right or wrong way to grieve. You may feel shock, numbness – usually the first reaction to loss, feel in a daze, overwhelming sadness, cry, not cry, feel tired or exhausted, angry or guilty - about something you did or did not say, or not being able to stop your loved one dying.
- Few things in life are as emotionally painful as losing someone you love.
- Any loss can cause grief, including: divorce or relationship breakups, loss of health, losing a job, miscarriage, death of a pet, loss of a frienship, or loss of a family home.
- Your grief might feel chaotic and out of control, but these feelings will eventually become less intense over time. Healing happens gradually. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process takes years. Be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.
- Life may never feel quite the same again. But in time, the sorrow will ease. Remember they would not want you to be sad too long. When you move on with your life you are still keeping the memory of someone or something you lost as an important part of you.
Click the drop down boxws below for where to go for support
How to deal with the grieving process
- Acknowledge your pain - this will start the healing process.
- Accept the loss
- There will always be things around you that can trigger the pain of loss, but know you will get stronger over time to deal with these triggers.
- Understand that your grieving process will be unique to you.
Help with bereavement, grief and loss
- Share your feelings with people who care about you - avoid being alone.
- Take care of yourself - they would want you to be well and continue to enjoy life
- Recognize the difference between grief and signs of depression.
Where do I get support?
Cruise Bereavement Care: They have information for families for dealing with grief. Call: 0808 808 1677.
Child Bereavement UK: They provide support for bereaved children and families.
Call: 0800 02 888 40 (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm).
You could try to find a peer support group.
The Healthy Suffolk website has some further information on coping with bereavement
These advice pages has information about helping children and young people with bereavement:
When someone dies - aimed at young people.