Bereavement Support Kent

Losing a friend or family member is never easy. Bereavement support services like counselling and support groups can help you find people you can go to during your time of need as well as others who are dealing with the same emotions and situations you are. Here you’ll find additional information on bereavement support as well as local companies and providers that may help you in your search.

Deal Mental Health Centre
01304 865463
Bowling Green Lane
Deal

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Northover Mental Health Advice Centre
020 84615577
98-102 Northover
Bromley

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Chatham Community Mental Health Centre
01634 845678
49 Maidstone Road
Chatham

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Hastings Sanctuary Service
01424 200353
36 Ashburnham Road
Hastings

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Uckfield Community Mental Health Centre
01825 745000
Framfield Road
Uckfield

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Caretech Community Services
01622 730867
21 Church Lane
Maidstone

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West Kent Nhs & Social Care Trust
01622 729980
Eating Disorder House
Maidstone

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West Kent Nhs & Social Care Trust
01622 725000
Priority House
Maidstone

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Community Health Team Swanley
01322 669899
27-37 High Street
Swanley

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East Sussex County Healthcare Nhs Trust
01424 710101
111-117 West Hill Road
St Leonards On Sea

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Bereavement Emotional Support & Advice

Bereavement & Grief Emotional Support & Advice

Bereavement Emotional Support & Advice | Coping With Grief When someone close to you dies you will experience a whole range of emotions, some of which may surprise you. You may feel a sense of numbness or disbelief that the death has happened. Many people feel overwhelming sadness and some even feel anger that the person has been taken from them.

Guilt is also a common emotion, especially if you have not seen the person recently, there is unfinished business or you have been nursing someone at the end of their life – you may feel you could have done more to ease their suffering.

It is normal and healthy to experience these emotions rather than hold them in. The more able you are to express emotions the easier they will be to deal with.

Use the support of those around you and surround yourself with people who will give you the time and space to grieve as you see fit. The process of learning to cope after a death can take months or even years and some people feel like they never truly recover from the death of a loved one.

You aren’t likely to find it easy but coping with bereavement is about managing one task at a time and moving through each day to the best of your ability.

In this section you can find more information on reactions to death and the grieving process , how to help bereaved children and coping with depression . If you need professional help and support you can find local help here or in our forum .

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Mental Health & Depression During Bereavement

Mental Health & Depression caused by Grief or Bereavement

Mental Health & Depression During Bereavement | Help & Advice The mental anguish caused by bereavement is immense and at times may feel all consuming. It is totally normal to feel anger, depression, frustration, fear, sadness, loneliness, happiness, relief, lack of motivation or denial. You have to accept that for a while you are going to experience a range of emotions and that facing rather than avoiding them is the best way to move on.
  • If your friends or family are also grieving it may be hard to talk to them but being honest with friends and family means you can enlist their support when you need it the most. They can be invaluable on both an emotional and practical level and this may also give them a chance to talk about how they feel.

  • If this isn't possible you can talk to your GP, a member of the clergy or a counsellor . Talking through your problems can give you the clarity you need to move forward. Hiding your feelings just means that you have to deal with them at a later date and you may get stuck, unable to move on with your life.

  • If you notice symptoms of depression then you should talk to your GP. These symptoms can include sleeplessness, over eating, lack of appetite, over dependence on alcohol or drugs, palpitations, thoughts of suicide or self harm, general low self-esteem, inability to communicate or avoidance of communication or lack of social interaction. There is no shame in feeling down after a death and you don't have to suffer in silence. The Depression Alliance may be able to help you.

  • Your mental health is linked to your physical health . There are things you can do to look after yourself. Maintain a healthy diet, watch your alcohol intake, take regular exercise and find new activities to give you focus.

  • Sometimes the best support you can receive is through advice and information from other people who have experienced bereavement. You can chat with other people who are going through the same experience as you on our forum .
Other useful organisations with expertise in offering emotional support include:
  • Mind
  • Cruse
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
If you're in severe emotional distress the Samaritans are there for you 24 hours a day. They offer 24 hour confidential support, call 08457 90 90 90 or email: jo@samaritans.org .

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