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LAST PUBLISHED 6 October 2022

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.

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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, 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.

With news and commentary about the Queen filling our TV screens and social media feeds, the collective grief across our nation was particularly challenging in the emotional aftermath of COVID-19. 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, 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.


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