Journey through Bereavement
JOURNEY THROUGH BEREAVEMENT
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:
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