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Grief and bereavement

Welcome, thank you for visiting this page. Hopefully you have just come here out of curiosity but if you have lost someone and are grieving we hope this page helps.
This web page has been has been created from information provided by Cruse (www.cruse.org.uk and www.hopeagain.org.uk) which is a safe place, where young people who are facing grief can share their stories with others.
When you lose someone close to you, it’s natural to feel sad, depressed, worried or angry. Everyone reacts in their own way. If you’re finding it hard to cope, we can help you find support.

What are grief and bereavement?

It is likely there will be other people around you who are affected by the same loss as you who are also grieving. We’re all different and grief can affect us in different ways.
For some of us, sharing how we feel and talking about what we’ve lost with the people around us can help. If there are people around you also grieving you may want to talk to them about how you’re feeling but it is also OK if you or they aren’t ready for this yet. There are other ways you can support each other and look after yourself.
There isn’t a set time for how long we grieve for. Some of us may feel the effects of grief for longer than others.
Whatever or whoever we have lost, we all need time and space to process what has happened

Grief can affect you in different ways

Grief can affect how you feel physically, mentally and socially.

Physically:

• fatigue, tiredness or trouble sleeping
• nausea
• difficulty eating
• feeling unwell or run down
• weight loss or weight gain
• aches and pains.

Mentally or emotionally:

• sad or depressed
• guilty or relieved
• shock and disbelief
• guilt
• anger
• fear
• you may not feel anything.

Socially:

• difficulty concentrating
• lack of motivation
• not enjoying the things you usually like
• not wanting to contact friends or family.

Grief can happen at different times

• You might expect it when you experience something for the first time without someone, such as a birthday or Christmas.
• Or grief can happen when you do not expect it to, such as when you are falling asleep or talking to your friends.

Where can I get support with grief?

Helpline If you have questions or are looking for support our free Helpline is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. There are lots of ways to get in touch.
o freephone: 0808 800 8880
o SMS text: 07860 022888
o email: helpline@ndcs.org.uk
o BSL video relay – Interpreter Now
o live chat.
Childline Free helpline for children and young people on any issue, including bullying. Friendly counsellors will take your call and listen. Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours). You can also contact Childline by email or online chat by clicking here.
Hope Again Youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. A safe place, where young people who are facing grief can share their stories with others.
Young Mind Young Mind’s Activists for further information and advice about grief.

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