DEALING WITH GRIEF
Not being able to talk about the things we’re finding difficult in our lives makes them harder to deal with. Finding someone to talk to after a loss is really important, as grief can be too much to deal with alone. If you don’t have a trusted friend or family member, or feel like no one understands how you’re feeling, there are many types of grief counselling and support available.
Find others that have experienced similar loss
When you’re bereaved, it can feel like nobody understands how you feel. Support groups can help you to feel less alone create a safe space to talk about how you feel.
Talk to a professional
Grief is a complex emotion. If you’re struggling with a loss and it’s affecting you intensely and making it difficult for you to live your life, talk to your GP or a mental health professional. They’ll be able to give you advice and refer you to people and services that specialise in bereavement support.
Grieving isn’t just about feeling sad
When we talk about grief, people often forget to talk about the joy you can experience too. While losing someone or something is devastating, grief can also give us a chance to think about that person or thing in a different light. Try to remember the valuable memories you have, the good times and the funny moments – they are all still valid, perhaps even more so. It is really only possible to move forward when you have allowed yourself to experience all the different feelings that a loss can bring up.