Even if the death is expected, it is a loss. When someone dies, things change forever.
People respond differently to bereavement. You may remain in shock in the weeks following the death of a loved one. You may feel overwhelming grief and sadness. Coping with grief and loss often requires effort. It can be both emotional and physical. Tiredness and grief can make it difficult for you to remember some things. For some it can take a long time to recover.
Support from your family and friends is very important after a bereavement. Sharing with other people can reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness that comes with grief.
Allow people to help you; don’t be embarrassed to accept their help.
If you are finding it difficult to manage on a day-to-day basis, think about talking to your GP or a counsellor.
Page updated 29 April 2020