Feelings of loss and grief can be especially hard during the festive season, when there seems to be a perpetual sense of collective joy and celebration all around you - but someone is missing. The pressure you might feel to put on a brave face can often get too much, and forced merriment may leave you feeling even more isolated.
You can help, advice and support about coping with bereavement on the NHS website.
Some families have found that counselling or having someone else to talk to can be very beneficial. You may want to discuss this with your GP, who can refer you to local support.
Alternatively, there may be other local or voluntary organisations that provide support that you would prefer to access.
Some examples of organisations that may be able to help you are:
Provide talking therapies for people 16 years and older experiencing problems with anxiety, depression and stress. They can offer help with issues like bereavement or the impact of a traumatic event. If you feel that you would like to access talking therapies you can self-refer or ask your GP for a referral. Find out how you can self-refer to the service here >>
Cruse Bereavement Centre
Offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support.
T: 07900 317732
Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss
Have a special interest in working with clients with grief or loss. They have a dedicated counseling for children and young people aged 8-16 years, as well as a service for adults.
T: 01522 546 168
- Call: 116 123
Shout - for support in a crisis
Shout is the UK's first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text SHOUT to 85258.
SANEline (open between 6pm and 11pm)
- Call: 0300 304 7000
Child Bereavement UK
Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child or young person (up to age 25) is facing bereavement. This includes supporting adults to support a bereaved child or young person. All support is free, confidential, has no time limit, and includes face to face sessions and booked telephone support.
Child Death Helpline
Provides a freephone helpline for anyone affected by a child’s death, from pre-birth to the death of an adult child, however recently or long ago and whatever the circumstances of the death. The helpline is staffed by volunteers who are all bereaved parents, supported and trained by professionals. www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk
T: 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6017