Coping with grief

This guide offers practical advice and emotional support to help you navigate the journey of grief. It emphasises the importance of recognising and validating your emotions, seeking support from others, taking care of your physical health, and finding healthy outlets for your feelings.

Grief is a deeply personal experience that affects everyone differently. There’s no “right” way to grieve and your journey through loss is unique to you. It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions, which may vary in intensity over time. Here is some guidance to help you navigate this challenging period:

Understanding Your Emotions: 

      • Recognise that your feelings are valid, whether they include sadness, anger, guilt, relief, or shock.
      • Emotions may intensify at certain times, either immediately after the loss or later.
      • It is common to question why you feel a certain way or wonder if things will improve.


Coping Strategies: 

        • Be gentle with yourself. There’s no timeline for grief, so allow yourself to process emotions without judgment.
        • Seek support from friends and family. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed. Sharing your grief can alleviate feelings of isolation.
        • Take care of your physical health and wellbeing as grief can take its toll. Try to • Maintain good sleep habits • Eat nutritious meals •Engage in regular physical activity. These can help manage stress and improve your overall wellbeing.
        • Find healthy outlets for your emotions: • Write in a journal • Create art • Listen to music • Spend time in nature
        • Honour your loved one’s memory: • Look at photos • Share stories • Engage in activities you once enjoyed together
        • Be patient with yourself and avoid major life decisions during intense grief periods if possible.
        • Acknowledge your pain rather than ignoring it. The grieving process, while difficult, is necessary for healing.
        • Take life one day, or even one moment, at a time.


Additional Support: If you feel you need extra support beyond family and friends, consider:

        • Bereavement counselling
        • Peer support groups
        • Professional grief support services
        • Speaking to your GP


You can search for support services through the extensive library of support from our partner organisation AtaLoss

Remember, there’s no shame in seeking help. Funeral Experts can assist in identifying appropriate support services. Our Bereavement advisors are available at 0333 0912 490 to guide you towards the right resources when you need them most.

Grief is a challenging journey, but with time and support, you can learn to cope with your loss and find ways to move forward while honouring your loved one’s memory.