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Bereavement service

The many faces of grief

Grief is normal after bereavement, yet it is experienced in many different ways. These difficulties may be familiar to someone who is bereaved. Not everyone will experience them all.

  • Numbness and shock
  • Anger, guilt, anxiety
  • Loneliness and depression
  • Not sleeping well
  • Not eating well
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Finding relationships too demanding
  • Finding it difficult to think about the future
  • Feeling tense, confused, empty or exhausted
  • A belief about "going mad"
  • Using food, cigarettes, alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Getting lots of minor illnesses

Knowing what to expect

Most people get the support they need from family and friends, but they may also need to know more about what to expect. Our leaflet aims to help people understand their responses and needs at this time.

Download our leaflet "Information for the recently bereaved". (download available shortly)

Support groups for the bereaved

Support groups

Some people value a chance to review and reflect on their loss in a more formal way. Self-help groups, faith groups and community groups will provide much of this type of support. At Blythe House, we host "Circle of Friends". This is a social group for anyone who has been bereaved and wishes to meet and be with others who have similar experience. This is particularly popular with older people.

Download our leaflet "Circle of Friends". (download available shortly)

A chance to explore in depth

For those who feel they need additional help in coping with bereavement, we offer an in-depth bereavement counselling and psychotherapy service. This includes both Bereavement support for adults and a Back on Track Bereavement Service for children and young people.