Tips for dealing with bereavement
Although you will never forget your loss, over time you will start to heal and move forward with a renewed sense of hope and meaning. Here are some strategies to help you come to terms with the death of someone close to you:
- Grief affects everyone differently—some people prefer to be alone and others may feel comforted in the presence of other people. Do what feels right for you and let family and friends know what you need.
- Talk about how you’re feeling and the memories you have of your family member or friend with people you trust. You may like to write in a journal, look through old photos, share stories or acknowledge your feelings in some other meaningful way.
- Take care of yourself by eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest. Grief can be exhausting, so it’s important to help your body cope by staying healthy and strong. Relaxation and meditation may also help you stay calm at particularly difficult times.
- Try to slowly return to your normal routine, such as work and social activities, but don’t feel guilty if this takes longer than expected. You may also want to hold off any big decisions until you can think more clearly.
- Be careful when taking any drugs or alcohol while you are grieving. It may make you feel better over the short term but can impact the healing process.
- Consider talking to a professional counsellor or psychologist if your grief feels like it’s getting too much. They can help you develop strategies to cope and provide support during this difficult time.
Grief and loss support services
If you’re looking for additional support, we can recommend the below services to help you and your family cope with grief and loss.
SIDS & Kids
This service supports families who experience the death of a baby or child, regardless of the cause. They provide counselling and support for parents, families, siblings, grandparents and other people affected by the loss of a child. Visit sidsandkidsnsw.org for information on bereavement services, or call 1300 308 307 for free phone counselling 24/7.
The Salvos offer support from professional counsellors and psychologists in a range of locations throughout Sydney and surrounds. It offers individual and family counselling services, as well as children’s counselling. Visit salvoscounselling.salvos.org.au for more information, or call 02 9743 2831.
Sesame Street: When Families Grieve
Children often find it difficult to show sorrow for long period of time or express their feelings in words, which can make it hard for them to cope with the death of someone close to them. The Sesame Street ‘When Families Grieve’ toolkit gives families the resources they need to start a conversation about grief and learn how to heal together. To receive a toolkit, contact us online or call 1300 550 367.