Bereavement Support

Following a bereavement and quite often after the funeral has taken place, people can sometimes struggle to come to terms with their loss.

These are perfectly normal feelings but they can affect your day to day life.

Some of the most common symptoms as per the NHS web-site include:

  • Shock and numbness – this is usually the first reaction to loss, and people often talk about "being in a daze"
  • Overwhelming sadness, with lots of crying
  • Tiredness or exhaustion
  • Anger – towards the person you've lost or the reason for your loss
  • Guilt – for example, guilt about feeling angry, about something you said or did not say, or not being able to stop your loved one dying

These feelings may not be there all the time and powerful feelings may appear unexpectedly.

It's not always easy to recognise when bereavement, grief or loss are the reason you're acting or feeling differently.

If you are struggling to cope, we can advise you on practical support that is available through the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).

Friendly staff who are trained in counselling and bereavement skills will be able to listen and support you with a range of services to bereaved people over the age of 18, including:

  • A freephone telephone helpline 0800 917 7224
  • Email support and information
  • Up to six free sessions of supportive counselling by telephone, skype or face to face in your local area.

They will be able to help you understand your experience of grief, develop self-care, coping strategies and support you to deal with the challenges you may be facing.

The service is confidential and free of charge via the Baglan Funeral Home.

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