How to cope with grief
Grief is a natural emotion when you lose a loved one and affects people in different ways. The initial stages can leave you feeling helpless, angry and sad. You must allow yourself the time to grieve and be sad, there isn't a correct way to grieve and some people will take longer to recover than others. You are likely to have intense emotions for a prolonged period of time when the grief is at the forefront of your mind. It is important to remember that these feelings will not last forever and there are steps you can take to help the grieving process.
If you are struggling with grief and need help now
The death of someone close to you can be totally devastating and you may find yourself experiencing a variety of emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness or emptiness. You may feel one, none, or all of these and you are not alone, most of us struggle with our day to day lives following the loss of a loved one.
If you feel like you are struggling there are organisations that can help you and people you can talk to. Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone:
If you feel you are in immediate danger and/or unable to keep yourself or others safe, dial 999 and request emergency assistance or get to your nearest A&E.
If you have seriously harmed yourself - for example, by taking a drug overdose - call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E.
If you’ve already been given a Crisis Line number from a health professional, call it.
If you are under the care of a mental health team and have a specific care plan that states who to contact when you need urgent care, follow this plan. The charity Mind offers information about how to plan for a crisis as well as lots of helpful advice and information. Visit them here: MIND
The Samaritans operate a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123.
You can call NHS 111 if you or someone you know requires urgent care but it is not life threatening.
Further information is available on the NHS website here: NHS/mentalhealth