The death of someone close to us can be an emotionally devastating experience and how we deal with the loss can greatly affect our lives.
Bereavement may happen to us at any time in our lives, but the chance of it happening increases as we get older. Your spouse or partner, and your friends, are more likely to be older too, and have a greater chance of going through life-threatening illness.
You may go through a range of emotions including shock, numbness, guilt, and even anger. You may also go through physical feelings such as aches and pains, and needing to cry a lot. All of this is normal. You may find it very helpful to talk about your feelings, whether with friends or family, or through counselling.
Bereavement can lead to anxiety, depression or even feelings of suicide. It‘s important that you get help if you are feeling any of these. You may feel it takes you a long time to come through bereavement, but with the right help and support your feelings will change.