Counselling for Bereavement and Loss in Wakefield, with Damien Haigh

Telephone 01924 332 154 or 07504 744 086, or e-mail

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Feelings arising from bereavement and loss

The death of a loved one is clearly one of the most devastating upsets we can suffer in life. People also find that they can experience strong feelings of loss in response to other life events, such as relationship break-ups, divorce, redundancy etc.

If you are going through a bereavement or loss, you may well have noticed some of the following feelings:

  • shock
  • numbness
  • denial or disbelief
  • anger
  • sadness or low mood
  • tiredness or exhaustion
  • difficulty getting to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of interest in daily activities
  • loneliness

Mourning in Response to Loss

Over time, by mourning, people can come to terms with their grief feelings, accept the reality of their loss, and move on with life.

Sometimes, though, this grieving process might be interrupted, or people might try and avoid the difficult feelings. This can mean that they do not fully work through their pain, and cannot fully move on with their lives.

How counselling can help to deal with bereavement and loss

If you have been recently bereaved, it can be helpful to talk through the immediate feelings of grief that you are experiencing. This can sometimes be difficult for people who feel that they have no one to talk to, or in those families or cultures where expression of feeling is not always encouraged. The counselling relationship provides a safe and private place for this discussion.

Counselling can also be helpful for those people who feel stuck after a period of time, or who feel that they cannot move on after the loss. People can also be left with difficult feelings due to unresolved grief arising from losses in childhood or earlier life.

Counselling can give you time and space to: accept the reality of the loss; work through the pain of the grief; and adjust to a new life without the deceased person.

Please feel free to get in touch, using the contact information at the top of this page, if you would like to talk more about how counselling could help you.

Please note that I am currently on an indefinite career break, and will be unavailable until further notice.
If you wish to find a counsellor, please visit BACP Find a Therapist or Counselling-Directory (these links will open in a new tab or new window on your browser).

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Posted: 28 Aug 2017. Modified: 13 Aug 2018.


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