Understanding Grief

Grief is an ordinary response to loss, and is something that most people will experience in their lives. It is a uniquely personal and often complex experience. It can be very painful and may give rise to thoughts and feelings you don’t anticipate, and we recognise that people need different types of support depending on how they’re coping.

Understanding bereavement

Bereavement is a profound and complex human experience, that encompasses the emotional, psychological, and social responses to loss.

Understanding bereavement requires acknowledging that grief is a deeply personal journey, and each person navigates it in their unique way. This process involves coping with the overwhelming emotions of sorrow, sadness, anger, and confusion, as well as grappling with the profound changes that accompany the absence of someone in one’s life. Bereavement is not confined It’s not just about the immediate aftermath of loss but also about adapting to a new reality; rather, it is an ongoing process that unfolds over time, demanding patience and support.

Culture, spirituality, and societal influences shape how people mourn, and the impact of bereavement extends beyond the emotional realm, influencing physical health, relationships, and overall well-being.

Understanding bereavement involves acknowledging its multifaceted nature and appreciating the resilience and strength that individuals demonstrate as they navigate what this loss means for them.

What can help

Coping with grief is a highly personal and challenging process, and different strategies work for different individuals. Here are some general suggestions that may help you navigate through the grieving process:

Express your emotions: Talk about your feelings with friends, family, or a counsellor. Don’t suppress your emotions; express them in a way that feels comfortable for you.

Create rituals of remembrance: Establish personal rituals or ceremonies to honour and remember the person you’ve lost. This could be lighting a candle, creating a memorial, or visiting a special place.

Build Support: Connect with others who have experienced a similar loss. Support groups, whether online or in person, can provide a sense of understanding and companionship. Consider professional support from a counsellor if necessary.

Take care of your Physical Health: Ensure you get enough sleep, eat well, engage in regular exercise, and spend time outdoors to support your overall health.

Journalling: Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal. This can be a therapeutic way to process your emotions and track your progress over time.

Remembrance: Find meaningful ways to honour the memory of your loved one. Talk about memories with others.

Set realistic expectations: Understand that grieving is a process that takes time. Be patient with yourself, and show self-compassion. Accept your feelings and give yourself permission to grieve.

Engage in relaxation techniques: Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help manage stress and anxiety.