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Grief and Sadness

You remain in shock in the weeks following the death of a loved one. For some, it may lead, at least for a time, to overwhelming grief and sadness.

Coping with grief and loss often requires effort. It can be both emotional and physical.

How you respond may depend on the relationship you had with the person that died. It may have been a loving one or there may have been underlying tension. How you feel can be influenced by how you shared the last months and days with the person who died. How and under what circumstances the person died may be a focus of your grief.

Support from your family and friends are important when someone has died. Tiredness and grief can make it difficult for you to remember some things. Sometimes talking about the final days may be helpful. It can help you to work through your experience of grief.

After someone has died, some people may avoid talking about them for fear of causing you distress. Sometimes it is better to take the lead. Talking about a loved one will let your family and friends know that it is okay.

Family and friends will slowly return to their usual lives. They may not want to continue to talk about what happened. This can be true of the health professionals who have been involved, sometimes for months. This can make you feel that the outside world is a busy, cold and uncaring place. You may feel that you have been abandoned. Some of these feelings may continue for a while but they generally resolve over time.

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Last updated 14 February 2017