What is it?

Bereavement is the process of coping with the death of a family member or close friend. If someone you know has died, you may need support and guidance.

Dealing with a death can be a stressful and distressing time. The grief you feel is normal, but it can impact your health and daily life. It’s common to need time to process your emotions, and there are services to help. 


What will my GP do now?

Your GP will talk to you about how you’re feeling, whether you’re having trouble sleeping, and if you need extra support.

Your GP will also:

  • Talk to you about the grieving process and normal reactions
  • Give you support to help with the practical next steps, such as funeral arrangements and certificates
  • Talk to you about medication if you are experiencing extreme distress
  • Help you with any cultural, religious, or spiritual needs
  • Help your relatives and close friends access support services


What will my GP do in the future?

Your GP will want to see you regularly to talk about how you’re feeling and coping.

At these check-ups, any medication you’ve been given will be reviewed. Your GP might also give you a referral for counselling if you haven’t yet seen a counsellor.


What can I do?

Dealing with the death of a loved one is a stressful time. There is no right way to handle the process of grieving. It will take time. Allow yourself to feel sad, and talk about your emotions with close friends and family members.

Keeping up a routine will help you get through the difficult days. Staying healthy and active can make you feel better, too. Try to sleep for eight hours every night, eat a healthy diet, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

Accept support, and tell your GP if you are struggling. Counselling can be helpful, but you may wish to wait a while before speaking to a counsellor.