If you have experienced the death of someone who was very important to you, you might be finding it very difficult to adjust to the immense changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake everything up - your beliefs, your personality, and even your sense of reality.

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period - everyone must learn to cope in their own way.

Grief, although normal, can manifest in a huge range of unexpected ways. Some people get angry, some people withdraw further into themselves and some people become completely numb. Sometimes, grief can turn into something more serious - like depression.

Bereavement counselling may be able to provide support during these very difficult times. Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with all its changes - good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness could prolong the pain. Any loss has to be acknowledged for us to move forward. Bereavement counselling tries to help clients find a place for their loss so they can carry on with life and eventually find acceptance. (counselling directory)

We have three counsellors trained in this area, Helen is part of the support care team at the Hospice of St Francis and has had extensive training in this area. We are here to help you through what could be the most difficult time in your life, if you have lost a loved one there are stages of grief you will go through, we can walk those stages with you. You are unique and we will treat you in that way. Get in touch if you would like to know how we can help you.

Three of our counsellors specialise in bereavement and loss including sudden death, suicide, death of a child, a spouse or even a pet! Grief can be complicated and there are normal stages to go through including just to name a few:

  • Feeling overwhelmed  
  • Shock
  • Physical ailments
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

If you are experiencing these feelings and would like to talk to us we are here for you.