If you need help moving forward
Each bereavement is unique, and you can’t tell how long it will last. This period may be shorter or longer for some people, which is normal. Your GP or a bereavement counsellor can help if you feel you’re not coping. Some people also get support from a religious minister or family and friends.
You might need help if:
- you can’t get out of bed
- you neglect yourself or your family – for example, you don’t eat properly
- you feel you can’t go on without the person you’ve lost
- he emotion is so intense it’s affecting the rest of your life – for example, you can’t face going to work or you’re taking your anger out on someone else
These feelings are normal – as long as they don’t last for a long time.
If these things last for a period that you feel is too long or your family say they’re worried, that’s the time to seek help. Your GP can refer you, and they can monitor your general health.
If you need further help or would like to speak to someone you may find the following links helpful.