Bereavement counselling can be a very important part of the bereavement process. When someone close to us dies, many of us will face what is one of the most psychologically distressing experiences we will face.

Dealing with grief with bereavement counselling 

Grief is a profoundly individual experience, and there is certainly no ‘normal’ or ‘correct’ way for us to grieve. How we respond to grief will be influenced by a wide range of factors, including our age, our culture and religious beliefs, or whether we have ever been bereaved before. Bereavement counselling can you help come to terms with your loss quite often talking to a professional help you deal with the grief you’re experiencing at this difficult time.

The death of a loved one or significant person can leave us devastated, wondering how we can ever come to terms with our loss. In fact, bereavement is one of the most common reasons that people will seek out therapy. And while grieving and bereavement is normal and often inevitable life experiences, Bereavement Counselling and Psychotherapy can help with this painful experience of loss.

The typical feelings we associate with grief are, for example:

  • Shock and disbelief
  • Sadness
  • Exhaustion and tiredness
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

These are normal feelings and should pass gradually, provided you have the space and time you need to grieve.
Very often, clients will be concerned with how long they will feel the often-debilitating effects of intense grief. Feeling perhaps overwhelmed by their loss, they wish to know if they will be able to manage at all. There is no simple answer to how long grief will last. You might say it never leaves us. However, the hope is that we learn to live with our loss and manage our grief.
Sometimes we may experience what is referred to as a Complicated Grief, where the debilitating feelings of grief do not pass, or lessen in impact. Sometimes these feeling may even seem to sharpen or intensify.


You may have trouble carrying out normal, everyday tasks, or withdraw from activities that you once found enjoyable and rewarding. Or, for example, you may even feel;

  • a persistent sense of guilt or shame
  • a loss of purpose or focus in your own life
  • depressed
  • a wish that you had died also

Complicated Grief is a very difficult experience for anyone, but it does not mean there is anything ‘wrong’ with you, or how you are grieving. You may however benefit from speaking to an experienced therapist or counsellor who can help support you through the painful experience of coming to terms with your loss.

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