Grief

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

Click here to see all local GP contacts

 

Barnardos

www.barnardos.ie

bereavement@cork.barnardos.ie

+353 (0)21 431 0591

 

Console 1 Life

www.console.ie

1800 201 890

 

HSE Info line

www.hse.ie

1850 241 850

 

Clonakilty Bereavement Support Group

+353 (0)23 884 9379