Bereavement Counselling

Losing someone close to us can be an incredibly painful time and sometimes the power of grief can be unbearable, undermining our beliefs, relationships and our sense of purpose in the world.

Bereavement counselling offers you the support to help you deal with the loss. With expert and empathic care we will provide you with the time and space to talk about your feelings, including the person who has died, your relationship, family, work, fears and the future. No matter how long it has been since the person has died talking to a bereavement counsellor can be an incredibly powerful and helpful process, by lifting the weight and uncertainty that loss can bring.

The four stages of bereavement

There are four stages of bereavement:

  • Accepting that your loss is real
  • Feeling the pain of grief
  • Adapting to life without the person who has died
  • Healing and moving on with your life.

The emotional and physical symptoms of bereavement

People facing bereavement may experience some of the following symptoms.

Emotional symptoms of bereavement

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Apathy
  • Guilt
  • Loneliness
  • Meaninglessness
  • Relief
  •  Fear

The physical symptoms of bereavement

  • Hyperactive or under active
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Physical distress
  • Change in appetite
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Crying and sighing
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the throat

How does bereavement counselling work?

Bereavement counselling can take different forms. As chartered clinical psychologists we are fully trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has been found to be an extremely effective therapy for difficult grief reactions.

CBT is helpful for those experiencing grief because it is effective in taking clients through the stages of the grieving process. It uses both cognitive (thinking) and behavioural techniques (doing) to help people cope with both the clinical symptoms of grief such as depression and anxiety as well as providing the care and support to aid the healing process.