Is it normal to struggle with bereavement?
Feeling grief about losing someone we
love is a natural part of life, and it happens to all of us at some point.
The death of a loved one is recognized
as the most stressful thing people
ever face in life, but there are many
types of loss which can cause grief.
Such as the loss of a job, the loss
of a relationship after a separation.
Or the loss of health after a disabling
injury or illness, reactions to grief
can include feelings of shock and
disbelief, confusion, anger, guilt,
sadness, difficulty sleeping
and the loss of appetite.
It's true that there is no
right or wrong way to grieve.
However, there are a number of self-care
steps that can help you work
through the grief.
Such as making
time to talk to other people and
trying not to keep things bottled up.
Remembering and sharing happy
memories of your loved one.
Eating properly and getting enough rest;
even if you can't sleep.
physically able to getting up and out
of your home for some exercise can help.
Even if it is just doing some
gardening or going for a walk.
And make sure you allow
yourself to grieve.
It's okay to be upset and
there's no time limits on it.
After all the best prescription
for grief is to grieve.
It's important to note that some
people find that their reactions
to grief don't gradually get better
and may even be getting worse.
This is called complicated or
prolonged grief and happens in
around one in every 10 bereavements.
you feel like you've become
stuck and you can't move on,
your doctor may suggest a talking
therapy like counselling or
cognitive behavioural therapy.
Remember, you don't need to feel guilty
or embarrassed about asking for specific
help from friends, family, colleagues, or
your GP. To find out more about how Bupa
and other organizations can support you.
Visit our website.
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