Grief: Dealing with your feelings and emotions

Grief affects us all differently and there’s no specific way you should be feeling. Ahead of Grief Awareness Week on 2 December, Independent Age has provided helpful advice for dealing with grief.

When a person you are close to passes away, it’s important to give yourself time to grieve on your own terms and drawing on the support of close friends and family can make a huge difference to your outlook.

Starting that conversation is never easy. Especially when you’re struggling to put your emotions into words, so Independent Age have put together some advice and information to help you understand and express what you’re going through.

Looking after yourself  
It’s easy to neglect your own health and wellbeing when you’re grieving. If you’ve noticed changes in your sleeping or eating habits, for example, it’s important to reach out and let people know you’re struggling.

For more support on self-care, visit the Independent Age website. Or talk to a trained bereavement counsellor through their free GriefChat service.

Starting a difficult conversation
It can be difficult to know what to do when someone you care about isn’t dealing well with their grief. You want to help, but you aren’t sure how to start. They may feel sensitive and vulnerable, which can make talking about the subject particularly challenging.

To find out how to approach difficult conversations like these, read their practical tips.

Get their Bereavement Guide.

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