Mental health support for bereavement

Losing a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences one can go through in life. The grief that follows can be profound and overwhelming and it can have a significant impact on your mental health and well-being.


In this article, we will explore the symptoms of grief and how to support a loved one suffering from bereavement in the UK.

What are the symptoms of grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss, but it can manifest in different ways for different people. Some common symptoms of grief include:

  • Shock: After the initial shock of a loved one's death, you may feel numb or in disbelief. This can last for hours, days or even weeks.
  • Denial: Some people may experience denial, where they refuse to believe that their loved one is gone. They may continue to talk to them or wait for them to come back.
  • Anger: Anger is a common emotion felt when grieving. You may feel angry at the person who passed away, or you may direct your anger towards others or the world in general.
  • Guilt: Guilt is another common symptom of grief. You may feel guilty about things you did or didn't do, or things you wish you had said or hadn't said.
  • Depression: Grief can also lead to depression, where you may feel hopeless, helpless, and lose interest in the things you once enjoyed.

How to support someone who's grieving

If you have a loved one who is suffering from bereavement, it's important to know how to support them during this difficult time. Here are some ways to help:


Simply being there for your loved one and listening to them can be a great help. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and memories of the person who passed away. Don't offer solutions or try to 'fix' their grief, just be there to listen and support them.

Validate their feelings

Let your loved one know that it's okay to feel sad, angry, or any other emotion they may be experiencing. It's important to validate their feelings and let them know that you understand how difficult this time is for them.

Offer practical help

Your loved one may be struggling with day-to-day tasks, such as cooking or cleaning. Offer to help them with these tasks or run errands for them.

Be patient

Grief is a long process, and your loved one may need time to heal. Be patient and let them know that you are there for them whenever they need it.

Encourage professional support

While your support is valuable, it's important to encourage your loved one to seek professional help if they are struggling with their mental health. There are a variety of mental health support services available in the UK, including Mind, Cruse Bereavement Care and Hopeful Minds, which can offer counselling and other support.

In conclusion, grief is a natural response to loss, and it can have a significant impact on mental health and well-being. Understanding the symptoms of grief and how to support a loved one can help them through this difficult time. Listen to them, validate their feelings, offer practical help, be patient, and encourage professional support if necessary. Remember, you don't have to go through this alone, and support is available.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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