What is grief?

When we lose someone who is important in our life, grief is the intense emotion that we feel as a result of that loss.

People can experience a range of emotions associated with grief, including disbelief, loss, shock, anger and loneliness. These feelings can be overwhelming. Some people may feel relief after a loss, especially after a long or difficult illness. Grief can also manifest itself physically.

There is no time limit to grief; it can last from weeks to years and may never disappear completely. Although grief is a painful emotion to go through, it is natural and part of life.

Losing someone close

For many people, losing someone close to them is the most painful experience of their lives.

People may feel alone when they are grieving and find it hard to come to terms with their loved one no longer being part of their life. Life and the future can suddenly feel uncertain and unsettling. They may feel like they have lost not only the person, but also the dreams they had for the future with that person.

It’s common for someone who is grieving to ‘forget’ that their loved one has died. For example, when a major event happens they might pick up the phone to tell their loved one about it before remembering that their loved one is no longer there. This can be really painful.

Life goes on

One of the hardest things about grieving can be coming to terms with the fact that life goes on. It may feel very wrong – everything’s the same and nothing’s the same.

Often, the period after the funeral is surprisingly hard. Between the death and the funeral, people pay a lot of attention to the death and the bereaved. After the funeral, it can feel like the world has forgotten and is carrying on as normal, while the bereaved continue to be in intense pain.

Having to get on with life – brushing your teeth, doing the laundry, chatting with friends – can feel impossible at first. With time, though, these everyday moments of normality can provide breaks from the pain and help the grieving person to slowly recover.

How bereavement counselling in London can help

Many people who are grieving find it hard to talk to those around them. Perhaps they don’t want to burden family members who are also grieving, or they may worry that friends are tired of hearing about it.

Personal counselling provides a space where you can talk openly about what you are going through. It can help you make sense of the complex emotions you are feeling.

Our affordable grief therapy and counselling can support you through your bereavement. For more information about getting support for the loss of a loved one, please get in touch.

Our bereavement therapy service in London has helped many people face difficult feelings around the loss of someone they love.

Our bereavement counsellors

Everyone grieves differently. Our therapists have experience helping our clients work through feelings associated with grief, loss and bereavement.

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Your initial consultation is an opportunity to discuss how bereavement counselling could help you. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.

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