Bereavement & Loss
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Bereavement & Coping with Loss

What is bereavement and grief?

Losing someone dear to us is never easy. A state of experiencing profound sorrow and mourning after the death of a loved one or bereavement is common and natural with everyone’s experience unique. Bereavement can encompass a wide range of emotions. 

While grieving is a natural process, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially after a traumatic loss. Adjusting to life without a loved one in your life can bring a range of emotions and challenges.

What are the symptoms of grief?

Symptoms of grief vary from person to person and each individual has a different journey. But you may experience feelings such as:

  • Anger
  • Appetite changes
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Guilt
  • Hopelessness
  • Sadness
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Withdrawal from social activities

When do I need help with bereavement?

If you are struggling to cope with your normal day-to-day activities, experiencing persistent and overwhelming grief, or noticing significant impacts on your mental or physical health, it may be time to seek extra support. Recognising the need for more support as early as possible can help to promote healing and your journey of recovery.

What treatments can help Me?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured and collaborative therapy which allows an exploration of the experiences of grief and loss. It can help you to understand your reaction to bereavement, develop coping strategies, and boost your resilience.

How can a qualified therapist help me with bereavement?

A qualified therapist who has experience in helping people with bereavement and grief can provide you with personalised support that is tailored to your specific needs. A therapist can offer you validation, encouragement, and their expertise to help you navigate the complexities of grief and support you in this journey. Your therapist will create a safe and empathetic space so that you will feel comfortable to explore your feelings and process your grief. With the help of your therapist, you will develop practical skills for coping which will help you to heal. At CBT Networks, our therapists are experienced in helping people recover from bereavement and traumatic loss.

Would you like to know more about how CBT can help you? Our consultant psychologist, Dr Sian Thrasher, offers a free 15-minute telephone consultation specifically for you to discuss CBT and treatment options.

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