Most people experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them. If these feelings are affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help. Support is also available if you're finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.

Grief experiences
Below are some grief experiences, from Cruse Bereavement Care, click on 'learn more' for more information in each section

Losing a parent
Although we often expect our parents to die before us, we are often are surprised by the complexity and depth of our grief when our mum or dad dies. Learn more

Death of a partner or spouse
The loss of a spouse or partner can be an incredibly difficult and intensely painful experience. Learn more

Losing a sibling
Losing a sibling can be a particularly painful experience. Find out ways to support yourself and others after the loss of a brother or sister. Learn more

Losing a friend
the death of a friend can affect you very deeply, whether you were very close, or whether they were part of your wider circle of friends. Learn more

Death of a grandparent
Losing a grandparent is often considered a natural part of life, but for many it can be deeply painful. Learn more

Understanding the five stages of grief
Denial - Feeling numb is common in the early days after a bereavement
Anger - Anger is a completely natural emotion, and very natural after someone dies
Bargaining - When we are in pain, it’s sometimes hard to accept that there’s nothing we can do to change things
Depression - Sadness and longing are perhaps what we think of most often when we think of grief
Acceptance - Grief comes in waves and it can feel like nothing will ever be right again

To learn more about the stages of grief, click here

Death and grief during the Covid-19 pandemic
One of the particular challenges of loss during the pandemic is that increasing numbers of people and households are being told to self-isolate or socially distance from friends and family.

Grief at any time is difficult and painful, and whilst Covid-19 may present additional challenges to the process, you will also experience all of the normal pain of loss and separation.

Changes have been made to several services, including end of life and palliative care, as well as funeral arrangements. You may feel that you need some extra help and support during this time.

You may be finding it particularly difficult at the moment because of the changes in place to try to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read the latest guidance from The British Psychological Society: Supporting yourself and others: coping with death and grief

Webinar: talks about grief and loss in the context of COVID-19 and how to make new meaning

Coping with the death of a patient
You may have feelings of loss and bereavement when a patient dies and the event may also evoke feelings of guilt or anger - you may feel that you, or others, could have done more to help the patient during their final illness. Whereas relatives of the deceased are allowed to grieve, as health and social care staff, you may feel you have no 'permission' to express your emotions.

And sometimes the death of a patient may reawaken feelings of a personal loss that you have experienced previously. Here are some tips from The British Medical Association on how to cope.

Things you can try to help with bereavement, grief and loss:
Try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor. Visit the Keeping Well website or you could also contact a support organisation found on this page.
Try the 6 ways to feel happier, which are simple lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control and able to cope
Find out about how to get to sleep if you're struggling to sleep
Listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides
Search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps
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