Bereavement – the loss of a loved adult or child
As the charity Cruse says on its website (link below), “grief is a natural process but it can be devastating”.
It is also an intensely personal reaction: different people react to the death of a loved one in different ways. Some talk of pain, others of numbness, exhaustion, anger or guilt. There is no right or wrong in this and no comfort even in knowing (or, worse, being told) that you will ‘get over it’.
Seek help if you can from those around you: family, friends, faith leaders or others. Try to be honest about your emotions, bottling them up is unlikely to help. Look after yourself and give yourself permission to grieve. For a simple leaflet containing this and other good advice, download Cruse’s booklet Restoring Hope. Further links to other resources are given below.
Key resources on bereavement
On bereavement, grief and what comes after - a personal view by Jill Baker