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Bereavement

If you have experienced the death of someone who was very important to you, you might be finding it very difficult to adjust to the immense changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake everything up - your beliefs, your personality, and even your sense of reality.

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period - everyone must learn to cope in their own way.

Grief, although normal, can manifest in a huge range of unexpected ways. Some people get angry, some people withdraw further into themselves and some people become completely numb. Sometimes, grief can turn into something more serious - like depression.

Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with all its changes - good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness could prolong the pain. Any loss has to be acknowledged for us to move forward.

Below is a list of resources offering emotional support, counselling and practical advice.

University Counselling Service (UCS)

Each term the UCS runs a bereavement group. This group offers a safe place to acknowledge and support people's unique experiences of bereavement. The focus will be on gaining a greater understanding of the processes of grief and mourning, alongside sensitive and supportive sharing of personal experiences. Further detail can be found here.

The UCS also has a self help leaflet on bereavement

Other sources of support and information on Bereavement:

NHS Coping with Bereavement

Mood Juice NHS Scotland

Cruse Bereavement Care 0808 808 1677 (Monday & Friday 9.30am - 5pm (excluding bank holidays); Tues, Weds & Thurs 9:30am - 8pm)

Cambridge branch - Future Business Centre, The Hive, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge
CB4 2HY / Helpline: 01223 633536 (Open Monday to Friday 9.30am - 1.30pm) / Email: cambridge@cruse.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society's care of bereaved people.

Dying Matters

Mind

Bereavement Advice Centre - As well as offering emotional support, offers practical advice for when dealing with a death.

GOV.UK What to do after someone dies