Grief is a reaction to a significant loss, which often triggers unhappy and painful emotions. Grieving is a personal process and it differs among families, religions, and cultures. Some individuals may express their sorrow openly, while others may choose to do so in private.
There are varying levels of grief, but one of the most common forms is unresolved grief. According to the National Association for Mental Health in the UK, you are more likely to have a difficult grieving process if:
- there is a sudden or unexpected death
- death due to suicide
- more than one death at once (for example, in an accident, natural disaster)
- the death of an absent or estranged parent or sibling
- miscarriage or the death of a baby
- the person goes missing or it isn't clear exactly what happened
- you are on your own with no support from your community, family, or friends
- you have unresolved issues with the person who died
- you are unable to attend the funeral or there isn't one
- deaths where the bereaved may be responsible
At Bereavement Counselling on Wheels,
we are here to listen, to help you process your feelings, and to provide you with strategies to deal with your grief and unresolved feelings. Our services are available to all individuals regardless of your gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.