Managing your mental health when you are grieving

What is bereavement?

If someone close to us passes away, a beloved pet dies or if we lose touch with someone important to us or an important relationship ends, we can experience a whole host of thoughts and feelings while we grieve the loss and adjust to life without them.

Grief is a natural response to the death of someone close to you and it can be very challenging to deal with. When we are bereaved we may feel all sorts of emotions such as sadness, anger, anxiety, loneliness, guilt and frustration and we might find it difficult to continue living the life we want to.

You might want some help to process your feelings after losing someone you love and Able Futures could give you support for managing your mental health while you are grieving. Apply now for up to nine months advice and dedicated support from a mental health professional.

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What symptoms can you experience with bereavement?

When someone close to you dies it can be emotionally devastating. Some of the physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms you might experience as you come to terms with your loss include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Anger
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Withdrawing from social contact

Able Futures could give you dedicated from a mental health professional to help you understand your grief and what support is available to help you change the impact it is having on you.

When you are bereaved you might have feelings including:

  • shock and numbness and feeling you are in a daze
  • overwhelming sadness and finding you are crying a lot
  • extreme tiredness or exhaustion
  • anger towards the person who died, the illness that killed them, or to God for letting it happen
  • guilt about not being able to stop the person you loved from dying or about something you said or didn’t say.

If you want some support to help you cope with grief, Able Futures could help you make changes to help you manage your time at work so you can give yourself time to grieve.

Able Futures could pair you with a mental health professional who could help you learn mindfulness or relaxation techniques, learn the importance of eating a healthy diet and getting good sleep while you learn to deal with your bereavement.

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