Bereavement counselling offers the opportunity to explore, understand and work through feelings of grief. Although everyone’s personal reaction to a bereavement is different, most people experience some of the following emotional responses when someone close to them dies such as disbelief, shock, anger, sadness, relief, guilt, depression, anxiety, despair, longing and loneliness.

Grief is a natural reaction to loss. It is as much a part of your emotions as joy and sadness and is not an illness. It can occur not only following a death but also as a result of major life changes such as:

• Separation or divorce
• Changing or losing your job
• Moving or migrating
• Children leaving home.

In some cases, loss may be felt for years or sometimes for a lifetime. If you are struggling to overcome your grief, can an Abate bereavement counsellor can provide a safe place to talk about feelings such as anger and resentment.

Exercise, such as walking, deep breathing or writing in a journal are other safe ways to release angry feelings, blame or resentment. For some people crying can be a great release.

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