An empty bench to signify grief

I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.

What is Grief?

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one or from a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received. There is no set time limit on grief – it can last for months or years. It can have physical, cognitive, behavioural, social and philosophical dimensions.

Everybody deals with loss in different ways. Some people grit their teeth and get on with their lives without talking about it, some feel the need to discuss their emotions with others, but for young people in particular, it is really important that they are able to understand why they are feeling a particular way. Our aim is to get people talking so that they can manage their grief.

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Grief Counselling

For some people it can be highly beneficial to work through their grief with a specialist. Our person-centred counselling focuses on the fact that all individuals have within themselves the capacity to grow and reach their potential. It is often the case that external factors hinder that growth, and that building a therapeutic relationship can provide a safe space.    

Working therapeutically with a counsellor allows a young person to be listened to. As a result, they may be able to get things off their chest which they can’t at home. The home environment can be a difficult place when multiple people are grieving in one space, each of them potentially dealing with it in a different way. Therefore, counselling may be the best option.

The cost per session is £60 (sessions last for 50 minutes).

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How does it feel?

We don’t all grieve in the same way. Many feelings run alongside each other, or follow on directly after the other. It really can be a true rollercoaster of emotions. You may feel: 

  • shocked/numb
  • sad
  • anxious
  • exhausted
  • relieved/calm
  • guilty
  • angry/resentful
  • lost

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If you are feeling suicidal right now, there are people out there who can help you.

If you are at immediate risk of harm, please call 999 and ask for an ambulance.

There are different helplines and listening services available that can provide emotional support:

  • YoungMinds (24/7) Text YM to 85258
  • Samaritans (24/7) Call 116 123
  • Childline (24/7) Call 0800 1111
  • CALM (5pm-Midnight) Call 0800 58 58 58