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Bereavement and grief

BEREAVEMENT AND GRIEFBereavement is the loss of someone close to you while grief is the response to bereavement. The loss may be a boyfriend, partner, husband,  pet, or family member. However, mourning the loss of an LGBT+ partner can carry additional burdens:

  • if there is little family or community support
  • if family and friends have not approved or been supportive of the relationship
  • if the relationship is secret

However, there are other types of loss such as the end of a job, a home, or a relationship. Some of the most common responses include1:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, sadness and/ or depression
  • Shock, numbness, denial and/ or disbelief
  • Panic and/ or confusion
  • Anger, guilt and/ or hostility
  • Tearfulness and/ or crying
  • Tiredness and/ or exhaustion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mixed feelings and/ or relief

These feelings may not be there all the time and/ or may come on or disappear unexpectedly. There's no right or wrong way to feel and grieving is a process (a journey) not a task to tick off. For some, grief may last for several years, for others, it may last for the rest of their life.

Bereavement and grief

Bereavement and grief | MIND
Coronavirus, bereavement and grief | Cruse
About grief | Cruse
Grief after bereavement or loss | NHS
Grief | Wikipedia
Support around death | NHS Scotland
Helpful contacts | Beravement Advice Centre

Helplines

0300 330 0630 | Switchboard+
0808 808 1677 | Cruse
116 123 | Samaritans

Helplines | MEN R US

More

Mental health matters | MEN R US
Faith and religion | MEN R US
HIV and AIDS History | MEN R US

Films

The Phases of Grief: Understanding Bereavement | The Loss Foundation UK | 21 Jul 2017 | 4m 37s
How to Deal With Loss or Grief of Love Ones | psych2go | 20 Dec 2019 | 5m 11s

1 Adapted from NHS and MIND

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