Bereavement Support

Supporting you

Bereavement can be a difficult and lonely journey. Sometimes it can be hard to talk to family or friends as often people grieve in different ways.

There can also be a fear of upsetting other members of the family. Talking and sharing feelings with someone who is experienced in listening, or with other bereaved people who have similar experiences can be helpful. St David’s Hospice can offer bereavement support in a variety of ways, it is important that people are able to get the support they need at a time and in a way that feels right for them.

Understanding Grief

Grief is a normal reaction to any major loss in our lives. It can be hard for us to accept the death of a loved one, and we may feel overwhelmed and confused by our emotions. Part of the grieving process is trying to make sense of something that seems senseless.

We all grieve in our own way, and it may take many forms. For instance, grief may catch us by surprise and we might suddenly be overwhelmed by emotion. We may also feel anger or regret for things that we could have done differently. There may be feelings of depression, a decreased appetite, tiredness without being able to sleep, and an inability to concentrate. Small tasks or problems may seem insurmountable and cause us to feel panicky. We may also think that we hear or see a loved one,  even though we know that they have died. We may feel numb and unable to cry, or experience a sense of relief. These are all normal reactions to the loss of a loved one.

Things that may help

  • Remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Everyone is different.
  • Try not to feel pressurised by the expectations of others.
  • Do what feels right and comfortable for you.
  • Allow yourself to laugh, cry, or feel angry – someone you love has died and that is painful.
  • Take care of yourself and pay attention to your health.
  • Try to accept help from others. This can be comforting for you and for them.
  • Talking about the person who has died, and about your experiences, can help you to begin to make sense of what is happening to you.
  • You may find that people are awkward around you. They may want to give support but are afraid of saying the wrong thing. If you feel able, let them know how best they can help you.
  • Do not be afraid to seek help either from our bereavement service, or from your GP, or other health care professionals.

With time you will find that memories become less painful, and that you will be able to remember without feeling distressed. People who are closest to you may be able to help the most – friends and relatives can share memories with you, which can be comforting. Sometimes, too, it can be difficult to share with family or friends.

Useful documents

Accessing support

St David’s Hospice has a bereavement service for next of kin.

You will be contacted at about six weeks after the event to offer our services.

Contact us

Phone –
01492 879058

Email –
enquiries@stdavidshospice.org.uk

Useful contacts

Local organisations

Citizens Advice Bureau
0844 477 2020
www.cabgwynedd.org

CRUSE Bereavement
0844 561 7856
www.crusenorthwalesarea.btck.co.uk

Facing Bereavement
www.facingbereavement.co.uk

Samaritans North West Wales
01248 674985
www.samaritans.org

SSAFA
01480 399 339
http://www.ssafa.org.uk

National organisations

British Humanist Association
Telephone: 020 7324 3060
www.humanism.org.uk

National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) 
0121 711 1343
www.nafd.org.uk

Natural Death Centre
 01962 712 690
www.naturaldeath.org.uk

Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) 
0845 230 6777
www.saif.org.uk

WAY (Widowed And Young) Foundation
0300 012 4929
www.wayfoundation.org.uk

Support for children

Child Bereavement UK
01494 568900
www.childbereavement.org.uk

Childhood Bereavement Network
020 7843 6309
www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk

The Child Death Helpline
0800 282986
www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk

Compassionate Friends
0845 123 2304
www.tcf.org.uk

Grief Encounter Project
020 8371 8455
www.griefencounter.org.uk

Partnership for Children
0208 974 6004
www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk

SIBS
01535 645453
www.sibs.org.uk

Winston’s Wish
01242 515157
www.winstonswish.org.uk

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