There are few events in life more distressing than the death of a friend or family member. Bereavement or grief relates to the period of time after we’ve lost people we love, and describes how we adjust to the significant amount of change that usually follows. Sadness, anger, depression, numbness and confusion are just some of the many different emotions that people can experience during this time.
What are the common symptoms of bereavement?
These feelings may not be there all the time and powerful feelings may appear unexpectedly.
It’s not always easy to recognise when bereavement, grief or loss are the reason you’re acting or feeling differently. If these symptoms don’t improve over time it might be helpful to seek therapy.
Some of the signs that your bereavement might be more complicated and requiring treatment would be:
Treatment for bereavement
Therapy for bereavement can be helpful in understanding your loss and how it has impacted you and your life. There are different types of therapy that are beneficial when struggling with bereavement such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive analytic therapy and bereavement counselling.
Therapy provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about the loss, and to explore ways of managing emotions. It will help you navigate the stages of grief and can assist you in developing coping mechanisms that make adjusting to loss easier.
Therapy and Counselling for Bereavement at The Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic
We’re here to help. Our team of leading clinical and counselling psychologists are skilled in delivering therapy for bereavement and bereavement counselling. We work from our therapy rooms on Harley Street, London and Esher, Surrey. For individuals who are unable to access our London or Surrey clinics, we offer remote services and online therapy options.