This bereavement forum is where you can ask your questions about grief and join in discussions. I will try and answer as many questions as I can but hope that you will join in the discussions and help each other too.
My 45 years of working in nursing, from midwifery to health visiting to running a nursing home has enabled me to help many people cope with grief. But I am not a doctor or a psychologist. So if you are very depressed, please do consult with your own medical practitioner.
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We only ask that you treat each other with respect. This grief forum is intended to help those coping with the loss of a loved one, a separation or divorce, the death of a pet, the grief from a job loss, miscarriage or any other of life's misfortunes.
Grief is not a competition. No-one can truly understand what another is going through, so please be understanding. What might seem trivial to one, may be a major life challenge for another.
We hope that you will share your knowledge and tips and advice that you have found useful. It is hoped that this will be a positive, uplifting bereavement forum, where you can come to help and be helped.
We will be checking each question and comment before it goes live on the site. Any submission which contains anything which might be offensive to any of our readers will not be published. Also, please have a read through the other questions first, as your question may have already been asked. If your question is already there, join in the discussion by posting your comments there.
Any advice on this site should not be a substitute for proper medical care. If you are at all worried please do consult your own doctor or professional counsellor.
Try to keep your question fairly brief and general in nature. We hope that the answers you receive will help you on your journey to acceptance. Do come back later to share how you are getting on.
Click below to see questions and answers from other visitors to this page...
How does grief affect the body?
Since my husband passed away last year, I seem to be feeling so much more sick than usual. Will this go away?
How do others cope with early dementia in a husband ?
My husband and I have been together for over 30 years. 10 years ago he suffered severe mental illness and made several suicide attempts. He underwent so …
Still numb and worried not grieving or dealing with feelings
I had my Mom living with us for the last 8 months of her life. From diagnosis, I went to every appointment,procedures etc. We've shared all the highs and …
My mother's death - could more have been done?
My mother died on the 27th December 2013 of heart failure. She was on antibiotics for an infection and seemed OK, but soon fell ill rapidly and was taken …
Lost my mother, Dad has a new woman
Hi, I lost my mother about 8 months ago. My parents were married 40 years, and my Dad moved on just 3 short months after her death. He moved his new …
How do I talk to a relative about their untreatable illness?
Thank you for your careful thoughts. I appreciate how understanding you are after a loss. I am considering my father-in-law's approach to death and …
Hi I lost my mum in jan 2012 and physically I am coping but mentally I am not what advice can anyone give me.
Hi I lost my mum in jan 2012 and mentally I am not coping I miss everything about my mum what advice can anyone give me I do not want to feel this way …
Where to start healing first ???
I don't know what stage of grief or sadness I am at, or am I just totally overwhelmed by what has happened to me. I have lived abroad in Spain for 20 years …
How can I help my friend who is suffering grief after her husband died?
My friend recently lost her husband, and is very withdrawn and upset. I'd like to be able to help, but really don't know what to do for the best. She …
Does it really help to talk to someone about your grief?
I'm not sure whether I should tell someone how I'm feeling.
Is it appropriate to express grief through humour?
My father's funeral was last week, and we all got the giggles and ended up in hysterics. There was one particular aunt who thought it was terrible and …
How do you answer: “how many children do you have?” when you have lost a child?
I had a little girl who died at birth two years ago and I have 2 other children, a boy and a girl. I find it so difficult to answer this question, as …
How do other people cope with their grief?
I would appreciate some ideas about how others are managing to cope with grief.
When is the right time to take off the wedding ring?
My husband died about 5 years ago now. I'm only 46 and I've been out with a few men recently, but nothing serious. I'm wondering if I'm putting them off …
When do you know when you should seek grief counselling?
A friend of mine lost her son a few months ago. She doesn't seem to be coping very well at all. I tried to get her to see someone, but she says she doesn't …
Can grief over the death of a loved one cause physical pain or illness?
I have been suffering from one infection after another since my daughter died in January this year, and I've been having a lot of joint pain. Is it because …
How long is the grieving process?
I've read in a few places that the grieving process should take 2 years. But then some members of my family seem to think I shouldn't be still crying …
Lost my wonderful wife
I lost my wonderful wife almost a month ago and I can't get through a day without tears. When will this awful feeling leave me?
Anyone Out There Getting Sued ?
Hello And Peace To All, I moved in with my dear dad three years before his passing at 93. I loved him with all my heart, and was glad to help. …
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