Bereavement affects people in different ways and there is no right or wrong way to feel. You may feel shocked, numb or angry or feel some guilt or you may simply cry and feel very sad. All of these responses are a natural reaction after someone has died.
In time these feelings may begin to change as you adapt to a different way of life. When someone dies, your bond with that person does not stop, but will develop into a different but equally significant relationship.
You may or may not want support with bereavement; everyone is different and some people wish to grieve privately whereas others may find it very helpful to get support from friends, family or professionals who have relevant skills and experience.
Full Circle offer a monthly support group which anyone is able to attend – you can find more information on our support group page. We acknowledge that not everyone may find our support group helpful, so we have included other support which you can access on the following pages:
There are a wide range of books for adults, adolescents and children about death, dying, bereavement and funerals. At each of our funeral directors services we have a library of books that you can borrow and return when you are ready. There are also a number of Apps available which are particularly aimed at children and teenagers to help them understand their emotions and make and store memories after someone has died.
With an increase in social media there are also many Facebook and online groups which many people find helpful. Some are focused on supporting people in specific circumstances, such as after someone has been bereaved by suicide or for younger people (such as Windowed and Young). Some people find that they become active members of these groups whereas others simply find it reassuring to see that other people may be having similar experiences and feelings.
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