Dealing with bereavement, grief and loss

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Have you lost a loved one and find that you have been unable to cope since their passing?

Everyone’s experience with bereavement and loss is unique to them. It’s important to remember that you cannot hurry grief and there are also no right or wrong ways to experience it – the process is each one’s own. If we love deeply, we cannot expect to grieve shallowly…

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

Things you shouldn’t try to help with bereavement, grief and loss:

  • Do not try to do everything at once, set yourself small targets.
  • Do not focus on things you cannot change.
  • Do not tell yourself you’re all alone, most people feel grief and support is available.
  • Do not use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve grief, these all contribute to poor mental health.

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

Try simple lifestyle changes such as limiting alcohol intake, getting enough exercise and participating in activities you enjoy. All these things manage your stress levels, boost your self esteem and build your resilience.
Talk about what’s going on inside your head and your feelings to friends, family, health professionals, counsellors or peer support groups. You can also join our BeWell@StepOne Braving Bereavement course. Explore our upcoming course dates here.

Throughout our Braving Bereavement course, you will achieve a better understanding of the grief process and the uniqueness of everyone’s experience of bereavement. You will have the opportunity to share experiences and memories, talk about your loved ones and let go of any anger/pressures/expectations.

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