The grieving process occurs when a loved one passes away, and also following other types of loss or change, such as the end of a relationship, losing a job or moving away to a new location.

How you might be feeling

Grief affects us in different ways, and there is no right or wrong way to feel. You might be:

  • Struggling to accept your loss
  • Feeling numb, or detached
  • Struggling to enjoy life or think back on positive experiences
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feeling angry

Most people experiencing grief and bereavement have a period of sorrow, numbness, and even guilt or anger. Gradually these feelings ease, and it’s possible to accept loss and move forward.

For some people, feelings of loss don’t improve even after time passes. This is known as complicated grief.

Top tips

Mind has a useful blog post about bereavement and experiencing grief. This includes information on the different types of grief and the ‘grief cycle’.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with anxiety and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

Amparo offer support if you have been affected by suicide, and Bereavement Care offer support for anyone struggling to deal with bereavement.

Talking Therapies also offer support for people struggling with grief.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.