Journey through Bereavement

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Going through bereavement is sometimes described as a journey. Like a journey, it is a process and so involves changes over time. But, unlike most journeys, it doesn’t really have a clear end point. And even its starting point can sometimes be vague.

Each bereavement journey is unique, affected by many things, including:

  • the circumstances of the death

  • the relationships of the people involved and

  • the personality and past experiences of the person who has been bereaved.

The process of bereavement takes longer for some people than for others. The bereavement journey may be longer if the death:

  • occurred without warning

  • involved a child

  • was particularly horrifying or

  • is not certain or has no clear focus eg if a person has gone missing.


There are many organisations which can help with grief, these are just a few:

Care for the Family
Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement Charity
Child Death Helpline – there to listen to and support anyone affected by the death of a child.

Grief encounter – which supports children who have lost someone they love

SANDS – Still Birth & Neonatal Death charity

Winston’s Wish – a charity for bereaved children

Bereavement Cafe

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