Everyone will experience the pain and grief of loss or bereavement at some point in their lives. This may be because of the death of someone close to us, or even the loss of our home or health. All are serious losses. Everyone’s response to loss is different and it can be difficult to know what is ‘normal’ and to understand how we, or our families, may respond when faced with a serious loss. Experiencing grief is like going through a series of stages, where at first we feel shock, numb, panicky, weepy or unable to cry at all. People will usually move through to feelings of panic or agitation, guilt or anger. People come to terms with loss in different ways and different time periods. Everyone is different.
Read the NHS self-help guide on Bereavement .