Bereavement

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Losing someone close can affect us in many ways. There may be practical consequences for our financial and living situation, as well as consequences for our physical, mental and emotional health. Common symptoms of bereavement include:

  • shock and numbness – this is usually the first reaction to loss

  • overwhelming sadness and lots of crying.

  • tiredness or exhaustion.

  • anger either towards the person you've lost or about the reason for your loss.​

Therapies that help

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can help you to reframe your thoughts and associations around your loss, so that you feel better able to cope with the emotions you are experiencing. Using deep relaxation techniques, your hypnotherapist can help you come to terms with your emotions, gain a sense of control over how you are feeling, and allow you to understand the grieving process.

Counselling

The loss of a loved one can be a devastating event and the pain of loss unbearable. A counsellor can help you overcome this, put your own life into perspective as feelings of guilt, anger and grief become apparent. Each individual responds differently.

 

A trained bereavement professional can help you though these feelings in more detail and talk through your concerns for the future

Person Centred Counselling

Often the first task of bereavement counselling is to help to normalise what people are feeling. A bereavement counsellor can help you understand your complex and painful emotions and reduce the distress you may have about how you are feeling.

Counselling can help you integrate the feelings of loss into your life and support you as you adapt to life without your loved one.

Suicide grief

 

Any death is devastating. However, grief after suicide can have a deeper and more complex emotional impact on you. Family and friends left behind by a person who dies by suicide often experience bursts of confusing feelings. Self-directed anger and guilt are natural reactions to suicide. It's easy to start blaming yourself and wondering if you could have done something to help. It's also natural to feel angry at the person themselves. What were they thinking? How could they do this to you? Why didn't they tell you how they were feeling?