Provides information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.
Death and loss can be difficult to talk about and many people struggle to know what to say when trying to support someone who has been bereaved, even if they are a close family member or a good friend. You may want to help but worry about saying 'the wrong thing'. Here are some ideas of how you might be able to support somebody after a loss.
"I was shocked when friends didn't ask how I was doing. I felt invisible, as if I were standing there but they couldn't see me."
For more information and resources that can help you talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement have a look at the Dying Matters website.
"When someone shows up with a cast, we immediately inquire, 'What happened?' If your life is shattered, we don't."
"With the help of amazing family and friends I have been able to talk about the way I feel myself and have been able to share my experiences with them."
This information was published in July 2019. We will revise it in 2022.
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