Everyone experiences grief differently. This analogy helps to explain how grief might affect you as time goes on.
The death of someone close to you can be emotionally traumatic. There may be intense emotions that are not easy to cope with. Most bereaved people come through grief with the help of family, friends and support networks and services. Grief is not an illness or weakness. It is a normal and necessary experience.
The most important thing is to listen and let the bereaved person know that you care and that you’re here for them.
Grief can be particularly painful during special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries and Father’s Day.
At a time when social media is full of Mother's Day messages, how do you cope if you're grieving the loss of your mum?
Christmas is traditionally a time for families and friends to get together, so it can make grief even harder to cope with.
Whether their death was sudden or following a long illness, your whole world changes when your spouse dies.
These are unprecedented times. There’s no roadmap. We’re facing conversations that we never expected—or wanted—to have.
When you experience the death of a loved one, even if it is expected it can leave you feeling stunned. When that death is unexpected, you also have to deal with the shock of the sudden loss.