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Understanding Grief

The natural process

The Grieving Process

How you grieve is unique, and even if you have been bereaved before, another loss can affect you in completely different ways. Sometimes a bereavement can trigger strong emotions of past losses, which you thought you had dealt with. The number of intense emotions you feel at once can be overwhelming. These can include anger, guilt or relief. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and your feelings of grief can last a long time.

 

Sometimes you may feel that you are coping a little better, but other days are still very difficult. Eventually, these feelings will become less intense and you will be able to start to adjust and come to terms with your loss. Your friends and family can be a huge support during this time but if you are struggling, if you aren't sleeping or eating, perhaps it is time to see your doctor or talk to a counsellor. There is no shame in seeking help to cope.

 

Although you won't feel like it, it is important that you look after yourself physically. The intensity of emotion can leave you feeling tired and drained, or you may feel edgy and restless. Even if you can't sleep, it is important to rest, and try to eat and drink.