The NHS has a wealth of information on their website, including things you can try that can help with bereavement, grief and loss.
To support you during this difficult time, here are a number of resources to help you with your bereavement and grief.
It's important to remember that there are a lot of support organisations available to help you through this difficult time.
Help and guidance
Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life's biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief, but any loss can cause grief, including:
- Divorce or relationship breakup
- Loss of health
- Losing a job
- Loss of financial stability
- A miscarriage
- Death of a pet
- Loss of a cherished dream
- A loved one's serious illness
- Loss of a friendship
- Loss of safety after a trauma
- Selling the family home.
Take a look at the HelpGuide website for tips on how to cope with grief.
Information on bereavement, where to go for support, and suggestions for helping yourself and others through grief.
Daddys with Angels
Daddys with Angels is a registered charity which provides free online support, advice and friendship to families following the loss of a child of any age or gestation and by any cause or reason.
Whilst their primary aim still remains supporting male members of families following the loss of a child/children, they do not exclude anyone from getting some sort of support.
Usually, it helps to seek support from several sources. No one can grieve for you. You have to find your own path through your grief, but you do not have to walk the road alone. Family Lives has compiled a list of helpful links on:
Coping with bereavement and grief
Coping when a child or baby dies
- The Compassionate Friends
- Child Death Helpline
- Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
Coping with loss in pregnancy
Supporting bereaved children and young people
A Child of Mine
A Child of Mine is an online resource centre for anyone affected by the death of a child. They offer a wealth of information for bereaved families, from what happens when a child dies, how to arrange a funeral, and how to survive as a couple during your grief.
They also provide a comprehensive list of local and national organisations who offer support and counselling during the difficult days ahead.
A Child of Mine wants to make a real difference to bereaved parents by offering accurate, up-to-date information, guidance and signposting after the death of a child.
Are you a child, teenager or adult who has experienced the death of a loved one? Are you a caregiver who needs advice on how to support young people following the death of a parent or sibling? Do you need to talk?
You can call, email or instant chat with trained professionals at grief talk, 5 days a week, 9am – 9pm.
Simon Gunning, CEO of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), shares their approach:
'First and foremost, we're here for you. You can use our helpline and web chat services from 5pm to midnight every day. If you're finding things tough, our trained helpline workers are there to provide you with guidance and advice on how to move forward. Because, let's be honest, there's lots to think about right now. From financial worries, to anxiety around you and your loved ones' health – it's easy for thoughts to become overwhelming.'