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Nothing is more certain in life than that we shall experience death.

However the bereavement process is complex and people experience grief in many different ways.

Sometimes the processes associated with bereavement and mourning can be triggered by other types of loss such as the end of a relationship, the loss of health caused by an illness, being made redundant or retirement.

There are different phases of both grieving and mourning that we all need work through, to be able to continue our lives in a worthwhile and purposeful manner.

The first thing to acknowledge is that mourning is a long term process and may take up to two years for a person to feel able to resume their lives.

Current thinking is that some people may retain a relationship, that will change and evolve, with the deceased person, whilst being able to live positive, fulfilling, outward facing lives.

For some people the process of grieving and/or mourning goes wrong. It maybe that they get stuck in one of the phases. It maybe they feel unable to manage the immensity of their loss. For some people acknowledging ambivalence, guilt and anger towards the deceased maybe difficult.

Whatever the issue, I am able to provide support and a safe place to explore what is happening for you at a time when you may well be feeling lost, frightened overwhelmed and lonely.

“We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else.”

Freud, 1961

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The counselling process following a loss of any type or a bereavement is able to provide a safe space for you to explore all aspects of your grief and to feel heard, safe and supported.



The death of somebody close to you can be intensely emotional and painful. Some people feel as if they will never return to “normal”. I will be along side you as you work through your grief and the mourning process: supporting you as you come to terms with the death of your family member or friend.



Grieving takes time, however, you will be able to move towards a different but worthwhile life. You will be able to move forward with a sense of self and purpose.