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Bereavement Support

One of my areas of interest, which I am passionate about, is bereavement. Specifically, how we support people when they are grieving. As a society, we are not very good at talking about death. Because, for most of us, it is not part of our normal discourse, often we are uncomfortable with the subject and don’t know what to say to people who are bereaved. We worry that we might say the wrong thing, that we might upset them, or make them cry, so often we don’t say anything at all. Grief is painful but it can also be lonely and isolating as well.
The experience of grief can be very difficult. It is painful, very tiring and emotions can be so strong and unpredictable that many feel they are going mad. The emotions people feel often include feelings of guilt, or anger. Anger in particular is a difficult emotion to express within our society – we are taught from a very young age that anger is not nice and that we should control or suppress it. When strong feelings of anger are felt towards s…

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