The death of a loved one is an intense and overwhelming experience for many people and the feelings that can arise from this may be hard to accept. With help and support things may be made more bearable and the strength of these emotions may lessen.

Different people are affected by bereavement in different ways. Always remember that there is no right or wrong way to feel about bereavement and feelings of loss or pain.

There may be good days and then unexpected powerful feelings which can make it hard to cope.  Remember to talk – to friends, to family, to your workplace or those closest to you. Communication can help you in the process of bereavement and helps others to understand how you feel and what you may need.

Practical arrangements

Immediately after the death of a loved one there may be questions but there may also be things to do, such as registering the death of a loved one or planning a funeral. The GOV.UK website has detailed information about what to do in these circumstances. Practical arrangements around funerals and wills can help to provide clarity and a sense of purpose at a troubled time.

Looking after children if someone is dying

If somebody has an incurable illness they may be able to prepare for bereavement with their family and loved ones. Practical discussions can help with honest conversations around making a will or arranging funeral preparations.

Pre-bereavement counselling may also be offered and this can help patients and families cope with feelings they are experiencing. It is especially important for children to be involved and listened to as children may need lots of support, especially just before the death of someone close to them.