Grief is a natural response to the loss of a loved one or life changing event. Regardless of gender, age or personal beliefs, people react to grief and sadness differently, in many cases with overwhelming emotions and perhaps physical reactions.

Others may grieve inwardly with a certain sense of relief and acceptance, particularly if their loved one was unwell and suffering for an extended period of time.

Grief and bereavement. Lady with her dog after the death of the dogs owner.Contrary to popular belief there are no set ‘stages’ to progress through and the experience is different for everyone. There is absolutely no right or wrong way to grieve.

Unfortunately in some instances, people experiencing grief and sadness may feel pressured from others in society to ‘move on’. The reality is that certain feelings may continue for an extended period. Whilst the feelings usually fade gradually with the passing of time; in some instances - even a lifetime, grief and sadness may recur when you least expect it. Perhaps brought to the surface by a memory, sight, sound or other poignant reminder.

It is important to have hope that life can be good again and your ability to smile and appreciate everyday moments will generally return.

Ways to actively look after yourself are by talking about your feelings with others, allowing others to help you and accepting that it’s positive to ask for assistance. Attempt to eat healthy foods, avoid excessive amounts of alcohol, and engage in positive activities that help you slowly feel better, even just a gentle walk or quick cuppa at a local café.

You may also like to make contact with one of the many available specialist support groups in the community. We can assist you in recommending a group to connect with.

The death of a baby, young person, a sudden unexpected death, a death resulting from suicide or traumatic or violent event can possibly bring about further complex physical and emotional reactions.

Whatever your personal experience and reaction to grief, in some instances it may be imperative to seek help from Grief counselors, your local doctor or other health professionals.

We care about our client families, and choose with permission to make a follow up welfare call after our service has been completed.