What is bereavement?
Bereavement is a term used to describe the experience of losing someone important to us. Grief is how we respond to loss and will be unique to each person, as it affects people in different ways. When we’re grieving, our feelings and behaviour is largely dependent on the nature of our relationship with the person who passed away and the circumstances surrounding their passing.
Coping with loss can be extremely hard and is one of life's biggest challenges that none of us are ever truly prepared for.
What are the signs of grief?
Grief comes in many forms that can vary in intensity. Some people describe feeling overwhelmed by emotional strain or experiencing physical pain. Others say they feel numb, empty, or have mixed emotions – there's no right or wrong way to feel.
If you’re going through a bereavement, you may find that your feelings change from day to day and some days can seem more difficult than others. Your grief response is personal to you, so don’t feel ashamed or worry if you’re experiencing any emotional, physical or behavioural changes – whether common or seemingly unusual.
There are many signs of grief but the most common signs and symptoms include:
- Intense feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- A sense of numbness or detachment
- Changes in appetite or drinking habits
- Problems with sleep or concentration
- Inability to carry out everyday tasks
- Unexplained aches and pains
For more information on the signs and symptoms of grief, please visit Cruse Bereavement Care’s website.
It can feel as though you’re dealing with things on your own but there’s no need to feel isolated or as though nobody understands – there are people who can support you in dealing with your emotions.
It’s important to acknowledge how you're feeling and to remember that help is available for all stages of the grieving process.