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How to cope with bereavement and grief

Losing a loved one is difficult at any time. If you have lost a member of your family or someone else you know, we want to help you find the best support.

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There is no right or wrong way to feel when you lose a loved one. Bereavement and grief affects people in different ways – you might experience shock, numbness, anxiety, sadness, anger, exhaustion and even guilt – but there are some things that might help you come to terms with your loss.

We’ve put together a list of organisations that provide bereavement support at the end of this article but you might like to start by visiting the At a loss (directory of support services) and Cruse websites.

If you know someone who has lost a loved one and would like to help them, you might find our guidance on how to support others useful. We have also created a advice to help young people cope with the death of a loved one.

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