To grieve is normal - and it takes time


It is normal to feel a sense of shock when someone close to you has died. Experiencing shock can mean you have a physical and an emotional reaction. You may feel dizzy, nauseous, dazed, numb or empty.


Everybody grieves differently and lots of things can affect the way people experience grief. There is help available. As the shock and numbness lessens, you are likely to start grieving. There are different factors that may affect the way people grieve. Knowing these may help to understand yours and other people’s reactions to the loss. If someone’s reaction is different to yours, it does not necessarily mean they care less. Some reasons why people grieve:

  • The type of relationship they had with the person

  • Gender - males and females may have different ways of managing their grief. Males are more likely to feel restrained while females are more likely to share their feelings

  • Cultural background - cultural groups express grief in different ways

  • Other Losses - the new loss may bring up previous loss – which can trigger more grief.

There is help available


Useful Contacts


Talk to a GP

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+353 (0)21 431 0591


Console 1 Life

1800 201 890


HSE Info line

1850 241 850


Clonakilty Bereavement Support Group

+353 (0)23 884 9379