Grief support

Information for the family members, carers and friends of people who have experienced a severe injury.

Grief is a natural emotional response to loss. People may feel grief over:

  • The loss of a loved one
  • The loss of health
  • The loss of function or the way things used to be
  • Work changes
  • Relationship changes 
  • Any significant loss 

Grief is a process that each person experiences in a different way. There is no timeline for grief and the process might take longer than you expect.Common responses to grief can include:

  • Feeling sad, down or tearful
  • Stress, anxiety, confusion, exhaustion
  • Anger, shock, fear, helplessness
  • Irritability, withdrawn, loss of interest, restless
  • Loneliness, isolation and withdrawal
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Physical health such as changes in appetite, sleeping or headaches
  • Not enjoying usual activities and hobbies

Finding professional assistance can be helpful for some people - see Psychological Wellbeing.

 

“Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.”
Earl Grollman, internationally recognised bereavement counsellor
Earl Grollman, internationally recognised bereavement counsellor
Earl Grollman, internationally recognised bereavement counsellor