Bereavement is one of the most painful and distressing experiences that many of us will experience at some point in our lives.
We grieve after any sort of loss, but most powerfully after the death of someone we love. It is not just one feeling, but a whole succession of feelings, such as sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, or even relief.
Each one of us experiences the process of grieving in a different way and for some of us it may last for a long time and cannot be hurried.
It is important to remember that these emotional responses are part of coming to terms with the loss and that being with friends and family usually helps.
Some of you may want to ask for professional help especially if the death has triggered unresolved feelings, if you have many experiences of bereavement, if you feel suicidal or if you just want to talk to someone. In these cases it can be helpful to have the opportunity to explore your feelings together with a therapist.