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Grief and Bereavement

Commonly known as: loss, death, bereavement, grief

Grief and Bereavement

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Bereavement is the experience of losing some close to us.  Feeling lost after a breakdown of a relationship, the death of a loved one, family member, friend or a pet is a normal way to feel.

It is natural to express a range of physical and emotional feelings after a loss. Grief is a normal and natural response to a loss. We can also feel grief when our personal circumstances change, such as losing a job or moving to a different area.

Grief affects us all very differently, as we are all unique and react to loss in our own way. There is no ‘normal’ way to grieve and we might experience a range of feelings such as anger, stress, anxiety and numbness, as well as physical symptoms such as nausea, aches, and pains. These can be all ’normal’ reactions to loss and can be very distressing and challenging, so it is important to be kind to yourself and find the right support and advice.

There is no exact time when these feelings are going to go away or get easier. They are your feelings.

Self-help advice

  • Find out more about grief and how it can be managed. See our self-help resources below.
  • Find support, reassurance and information on how to manage your grief by attending a course. See our self-help courses below.
  • Try talking about your feelings to a friend or family member. Or you may find it helpful to get involved in activities going on in your local area. There may be a support group nearby. Find out what’s going on in your area by visiting our ‘in your area’ page.
  • Make sure you are looking after yourself. There are simple things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Visit our ‘looking after yourself’ section for more information and advice.
  • You don’t need to experience these feelings alone. Talk to someone you trust or see our ‘if you need further help’ section below. There are many free services who can offer support or a listening ear.
  • If you have been bereaved by suicide, we have free support services in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area. See details on the 2wish and Jacob Abraham Foundation services below.
  • If you or someone you know need urgent help – go to our ‘urgent help’ page immediately

 

If you need further help 

If the information, advice, resources and courses on this page have not been helpful and/or you think you need more help, there are many free support services available.

If you are worried about your general mental health, and live in Wales, phone NHS Mental Health 111 and choose Option 2. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free to call from a mobile (even when the caller has no credit left) or from a landline. The service will provide immediate support over the phone to help cope with how you are feeling, and if needed, a referral to mental health services will be arranged.

If you live in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) area, and are aged over 18, you can contact your GP surgery to make an appointment with a Psychological Health Practitioner (PHP). PHPs are NHS mental health practitioners that are available at most GP surgeries in the ABUHB area.  They provide a free service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.  Appointments can be either face to face or over the phone.

If you are under 18 or worried about someone aged under 18 and need advice/self-referral to local mental health and wellbeing services in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, contact SPACE-Wellbeing.

Or alternatively contact another approved helpline. Some services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Last updated: 05.06.2024
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Self-help resources to help with grief

Browse our free self-help resources for grief, approved by mental health experts.

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Bereavement – NHS Self-help Guide

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Bereavement – NHS Easy Read Guide

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What is bereavement? – Mind

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Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit – Loss

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Lost for words – e-book for bereaved children by Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

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The Good Grief Trust – Run by the breaved for the bereaved

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An Introduction to Coping with Grief, Sue Morris – Reading Well

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Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving, Julia Samuel – Reading Well

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The Essential Guide to Life After Bereavement: Beyond Tomorrow, Judy Carole Kauffmann, Mary Jordan – Reading Well

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If you need further help

See below for helplines for grief and bereavement. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

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2Wish – Support for anyone affected by suicide or sudden death of someone aged 25 years and under

2wish – Supporting anyone affected by a sudden or unexpected death of a young person aged 25 and under, and who lives in Wales.

Visit 2Wish website ➝
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Cruse Bereavement Support

Cruse Bereavement Support Helpline is run by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by grief.

We’ll give you space to talk about your feelings and how you’ve been coping.

Available Mon and Fri 9.30am-5pm, Tues-Thurs 9.30am-8pm.

Visit Cruse Bereavement Support website ➝
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