Any bereavement is hard but sudden death brings with it an additional level of trauma which can be extremely distressing. When someone dies suddenly there is no chance to say goodbye and no chance to prepare. It is not uncommon to feel shock, disbelief and numbness immediately after your loss. Feelings can be intense and scary.
When you are supporting children, it is important to give them facts so that they can understand what happened in an age appropriate way.
Counselling can be helpful to allow space and time to work through the mixed emotions you may feel following such a difficult event. Our wellbeing support can help alleviate some of the physical symptoms your grief may bring.
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People who have been bereaved often say that they feel so alone in their grief and think that no one else understands. A number of our bereaved adults took part in a filming project because they wanted to have their voices heard and for others to know that are not alone in feeling what they feel.
Lesley came for support at Edward’s Trust after her son Nicky died in a road traffic collision. Here is her story.
You can see the other films – Voices from our Bereaved Adults on our YouTube Channel herere
Find out more about how we can help
What is Counselling?
The word ‘counselling’ may be a bit of a daunting word, but really it’s just about meeting with somebody who will try and understand and is trained to help you express how you are feeling. This can help you work through how you feel and find coping strategies for your grief journey.
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What is Wellbeing therapy?
Facing the loss of a loved one is a very individual journey and the experience of grief often affects the whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Wellbeing therapies offer a range of ways to support you to relax, and become more aware of how closely our mind, body and emotions are linked.
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