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Bereavement

Bereavement is a natural part of life’s cycle. It occurs in animals as well as humans and although this knowledge does not stop the pain, which can be debilitating, the recognition that the grieving process can assuage with time is often a help in mitigating the profound feelings of loneliness, emptiness and lack of a sense of a worthwhile future. Some people however can get stuck in their grief, and may feel frightened and overwhelmed by the intensity of their pain. Shock, disbelief, panic, anger, guilt, despair, relief, sadness – they may all form part of a range of different responses and feelings people may experience following a loss.

In cases of accidental or sudden death, the sense of shock and trauma may be particularly pronounced. Guilt may also accompany these emotions, particularly felt by survivors of an accident that claimed their friends or family members.

It is not unusual for people to feel very isolated in their grief, even if there are family members and friends around to support you. Often those closest to you may feel unsure of what to do, and may even withdraw or stay away as a result of their own helplessness and difficulty around dealing with painful feelings.

However, everybody’s experience of grief is also different, and depends on the circumstances of the death and the relationship to the deceased person. Working through your grief and talking through the particular aspects of your experience is the only way to find peace in this turmoil. Putting the facts into some sort of perspective and reasoning all the past into its place in our history, is the way forward for the living to eventually come to terms with the reality of death.