Losing a loved one is difficult. We hope these suggestions help you, or someone you know, living life after loss.
Dealing with loss
Grieving can involve a range of emotions, from anger and sadness to regret and guilt. Talk about how you're feeling with family, friends, a faith leader, GP or counsellor
- Take care of yourself even if it's the last thing you feel like doing. Eat properly and take time to rest, even if you feel you can't sleep
- Take all the time you need. There’s no right way to handle grief and no time limit
- If you're struggling to cope, ask for help. You don't need to do this alone. Tell people what you need
How to help someone who is grieving
- Let them know that they can talk if they need to and that it's ok if they just need company while they're silent too
- Don't avoid someone because you're not sure what to say. Often just being there will make a difference
- Accept that everyone grieves in their own way
- Offer practical help. Perhaps you could make a meal, wash up, do the shopping or the cleaning
- Reach out to them at special times like anniversaries to remind them that you're there if they need you
If you're struggling to cope after losing a loved one, we're here to listen and to help.