Go to homepage
Latest adviceHow to use
Latest adviceHow to use

Approved by

NHS logo

LAST REVIEWED 21 June 2023

Collective loss and grief

If you’ve been affected by the death of a public figure, Good Thinking’s bereavement resources and wellbeing advice can help you to process your emotions.

Share to FacebookShare to WhatsAppShare to TwitterShare to LinkedInShare via email

Grieving someone, whether you knew them personally or not, can feel overwhelming. Your emotions often come in waves and may include sadness, shock, guilt and anger. If you have children, they might have questions that are not easy to answer. And if you are already dealing with anxiety, low mood or another mental health concern, you might find it particularly hard to cope.

During the national period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, for example, you might have experienced difficult emotions – from feeling upset about her death and disorientated about the future to remembering your own loved ones who have died and even contemplating your own mortality. As Jane Murray, Bereavement Support Service Coordinator at Marie Curie, notes, “Times of collective grief may naturally trigger emotions and memories around unresolved grief from losses in your own life”.

If you or someone you know needs support following the death of a public figure, we hope you find Good Thinking’s bereavement and wellbeing resources helpful. The most important thing to remember is that it’s OK to feel however you’re feeling – everyone reacts differently to loss and we should always respect this and show kindness to one another.

If you’ve been deeply affected by a recent loss and would like professional support, please visit our urgent support page where you’ll find details of 24/7 NHS helplines and other support organisations.

Good Thinking resources

Other resources

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get the latest tips and resources for Londoners delivered to your inbox every month.

Good Thinking logo in white

Good Thinking provides a range of resources to help Londoners improve their mental wellbeing.

SleepAnxietyLow moodStress
About Good Thinking
Transformation Partners in Health and CareLondon CouncilsThrive LDNMayor of LondonADPH London
Was this page helpful?