Bereavement

Bereavement is a distressing experience that nearly all of us will have to go through in life. We grieve most powerfully after the death of someone we were close to and loved, and the process of bereavement is a complex and difficult one which involves a whole succession of feelings. Whatever the circumstances of the death of the deceased person, the overwhelming intensity of emotions that can follow are often unexpected and hard to face. It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. We will all have our own particular ways through the grieving process.

If our relationship with the deceased person was relatively uncomplicated then the grieving process is likely to be clearer to us as we move through different emotions. However if our relationship with the deceased was more complicated, and might already have been bound up with a mixture of feelings, then the grieving process is also likely to be more complicated, and is more likely to conjure emotions such as anger, guilt or resentment alongside love and a desire to see the person again. The circumstances of the death of someone can also significantly affect the grieving process, particularly if you are having to deal with a sudden death, a premature death or a suicide.

It is important that we receive and accept support from others during the grieving process, and that we do not allow our grief to be repressed. At some point we must attempt to reflect upon our loss and how it has affected us, in order to accept it and to become invested in our lives again. Psychotherapy can provide a space for people to express their grief and help them come to terms with their bereavement. It can enable people to adjust to life after they have lost someone, and it can be a space to explore the relationship they had with the person who has died.

If you are suffering a bereavement and would like to talk to someone about it then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the portland practice, and make an enquiry or arrange a consultation with our psychotherapy professionals here.

For further information on external charities and organisations visit our Support page.

Practice Hours

Monday - Sunday
06:00 - 21:30

Address:

10 Harley Street
London
W1W 9PF

Contact

Monday - Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
0207 299 0373

Ethical Guidelines

Portland practice in London is a member and follows the guidelines of the United Kingdom of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Our psychotherapy team understands the needs of both ethical and race issues and is sensitive to the needs and complexity of gender.