have extensive experience of bereavement counselling, having spent an extended period as a hospice counsellor where I worked closely not just with individuals who are dying, but also with the families and friends of those who are dying or have died.

Bereavement counselling can help if you are struggling to come to terms with the loss - or anticipated loss (when a loved one is terminally ill)  of a loved one.

Grief is a completely human response  - it is not a weakness or a moral failing but a natural healing process to help us cope with the anger and shock of losing something very precious to us and eventually accepting that awful loss.

Those around us can sometimes fail to give us what we need in our grief - they may be scared or unwilling or simply unable to help us bear our scary or overwhelming emotions. They may wish us to 'get on with things' after a few weeks, leaving us feel even more lonely and isolated. They may say the wrong things or even avoid us.

You may be experiencing some of the following upsetting symptoms of grief:

Significantly changed sleeping patterns

Considerable weight loss or gain

Great or regular confusion

Inability to stop crying

Inability to concentrate

Telling others you are not coping well

Unable to make decisions

Alcohol or drug use

Uncontrollable rage

Suicidal thoughts

Thoughts of harming yourself or others

Bereavement counselling can help you cope with and overcome these symptoms, especially if if you do not feel those around you are able to support you.

For more information or to book an initial session with me call me today on 07957 234 950 – I really look forward to hearing from you.