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Coping with bereavement
Bereavement is the sense of grief and loss you experience when someone close to you dies. When this happens, you go through a process of mourning: numbness, anger and sadness are all feelings you may experience. Working through your grief can be a painful process, but it is often necessary to ensure your emotional and physical wellbeing later.
Bereavement counselling can help you to explore your feelings and come to terms with your grief by talking one to one with a trained counsellor. You will have a number of sessions with your counsellor spread over weeks or months, until you are ready to stop. During these sessions you can talk about how you feel and your counsellor will listen and comment, rather than giving you advice.
Our counsellors are volunteers, trained in counselling skills and bereavement issues. They are either qualified or nearing completion of their training. Many receive ongoing, extensive training to develop their skills and are committed to working to the highest possible standards. Often they are registered with a professional organisation and all are working to established codes of practice.
I would have been lost without Bereft. They helped to put me back together at a time when I felt utterly lost and broken. I will never forget my sessions with my (Bereft) counsellor. I learnt so much about myself. I will be eternally grateful for the support received – words aren’t enough!
My Bereft counsellor was excellent. She has a most insightful and empathic manner and she helped me enormously through my grief
I found the sessions very helpful. The counsellor did great work, really helping me to explore my concerns, emotions and thoughts. Very comforting at a time of great sadness.
I had nowhere else to turn. Bereft helped me all the way through when the hospital, doctors, family and friends fell away over the months