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The death of someone close to us can be one of the most devastating things we have to go through. Grief and loss are such intensely personal issues and our response to bereavement will be influenced by many different things, including our age, personality, cultural background and religious beliefs, support network, previous experiences of bereavement and other personal circumstances.

Whilst every person’s experience of grief is unique, there can be some common themes that arise from bereavement such as a feeling of numbness, emotional fluctuation, changes to sleep and eating patterns, feelings of guilt, intense feelings of pain, circular thinking; reliving previous conversations or events over and over again, feelings of anger, hopelessness, loneliness and sadness.

Some sources of help include: