Understanding grief

Bereavement is something that most people will experience in their lives and everyone reacts to their loss in their own unique way...

Grieving for someone close...

The death of someone close can sometimes seem like the most painful thing that has ever happened to you.


It can feel bewildering and even frightening. Grief is a natural reaction to loss.


There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Most people will experience similar feelings – initial shock, disbelief and numbness, through to periods of utter confusion, intense pain and questioning.


There may be anger, regrets, a sense of searching for the person who has died and feeling very alone. Sometimes you may feel very overwhelmed and at other times more in control and able to get on with day to day activities.


Grieving is not usually a smooth process; you may go from one feeling to another and back again. It takes time to adjust gradually to life without the person who has died.


The time this takes varies; there is not a definitive timescale as to how long this will be.

Things you can do to help yourself...

Bereavement webinars from

NHS Wellbeing Suffolk

Sign up to a 'Coping with bereavement webinar' 

for free from the NHS.

The session will offer an opportunity to look at the particular difficulties of bereavement and grief and explore different coping strategies.

There are monthly sessions and you can ​sign up to your preferred date.

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Children grieve too...

Children have thoughts and feelings which they may express in different ways. 

They may want to draw pictures or tell stories. It is not possible to protect children from feeling sad, angry and hurt, but by talking to them and including them in what is going on, they can gradually understand what has happened. 

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For more information on support for children, discover St Elizabeth Hospice's 565 Service. The service provides support for children, parents and professionals working with youngsters.

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