You are never quite prepared for the death of a loved one. Even if you know others who have experienced the resultant grief and pain, it can never be compared to your own. Grief is an individual experience. You will have your own reactions, feelings and a range of strong emotions.
To grieve you may need to express these emotions with supportive others such as family members, friends and colleagues. In the days and weeks after the death this support may be abundant, but as time goes on, it may be withdrawn as each person returns to their busy lives. It is common at this time to find yourself judging how you are feeling. Maybe you are feeling confused, your despair is increasing rather than lessening, or perhaps you think that others expect you to be coping better.
If this is the case, it may be time to seek professional support. Without access to being able to express what you are experiencing openly and be understood, then you may find yourself experiencing more intense emotions, depression or physical illness.
If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one and needs further support, acknowledgement and help creating a new relationship with their loved one after death, then please call Bronwyn and make an appointment for grief counselling.