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What is Bereavement?

Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.

Support is also available if you’re finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.

Symptoms of bereavement, grief and loss

Bereavement, grief and loss can cause many different symptoms and they affect people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel.

As well as bereavement, there are other types of loss such as the end of a relationship or losing a job or home.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • shock and numbness – this is usually the first reaction to loss, and people often talk about “being in a daze”
  • overwhelming sadness, with lots of crying
  • tiredness or exhaustion
  • anger – towards the person you’ve lost or the reason for your loss
  • guilt – for example, guilt about feeling angry, about something you said or did not say, or not being able to stop your loved one dying

These feelings may not be there all the time and powerful feelings may appear unexpectedly.

It’s not always easy to recognise when bereavement, grief or loss are the reason you’re acting or feeling differently.

Specialist support

Below, you will find organisations and charities who are best suited to assist you

Cruse Bereavement Support

Learning more about the grieving process can help you understand what you're going through.

Losing your partner or child in pregnancy

These organisations can offer support and advice, and put you in touch with other parents who've had a similar experience:

Losing someone to suicide

Provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.


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Things you can try to help with bereavement, grief and loss

try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor – you could also contact a support organisation such as Cruse Bereavement Care or call: 0808 808 1677

if you’re struggling to sleep, get sleep tips from Every Mind Matters

consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website

listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides

try the 6 ways to feel happier, which are simple lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control and able to cope



Do not try to do everything at once – set small targets that you can easily achieve

do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better

try not to tell yourself that you’re alone – most people feel grief after a loss and support is available

try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve grief – these can all contribute to poor mental health

Further information and support

You can find further information and support about:

grief and bereavement on the Cruse Bereavement Care website

losing your partner or child in pregnancy

losing someone to suicide on the Mind website

The GOV.UK website also has information about what to do after someone dies, such as registering the death and planning a funeral.

Where to get NHS help for stress, anxiety or depression

Referring yourself for therapy

If you need more support, you can get free talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on the NHS.

You can refer yourself directly to a talking therapies service without a referral from a GP.

Find an NHS talking therapies service

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