Bereavement and loss

The death of a loved one can be devastating. Coping with loss can be very difficult and you may find that you’re dealing with lots of different feelings. The following links are to other organisations and resources that may be of value to you.

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General information

NHS Choices provides some really useful resources about bereavement and loss. In this article bereavement counsellor Sarah Smith describes some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support.

You will also find a number of useful links to other organisations that specialise in supporting individuals living with bereavement.


Coping with bereavement

This is an 18 page booklet published by Cruse to help you in bereavement, with information about what you might be feeling, how you can take care of yourself, how as a friend or relative you can help others in their bereavement, looking to the future, and about how to help bereaved children and young people.

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Supporting young people through loss

Young peoeple experience similar feelings to adults following the death or loss of a loved one. However, they often express their feelings differently, depending on their developmental age.

This booklet provides a road map through a young persons grief, designed to help you understand some of the ways they respond and how, as an adult you may be able to help them.

Personal experiences with bereavement

In 2010 Marieke Poelmann, 22 at the time, suddenly lost her parents as a result of a plane crash. It took her several years to see that bad things in life do not necessarily have to define you. In her talk she discusses her loss and how she learned to cope with it, and as a result came out a stronger person.