Loss and Bereavement Support

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Loss and Bereavement Support

People often say it is never easy to talk about the tough stuff, especially when you are enduring grief around the death of a loved one.  We want you to know that we are here for you to do just that, to help you work through your thoughts, feelings, emotions and issues around dealing with grief.

Kevin’s Story

Take Kevin for example, Kevin was completely lost when he lost his wife Jane of 25 years to cancer.  He knew this was coming as Jane had been battling the illness for several years, but this made it no easier for Kevin to accept when it finally happened.  On Jane’s death, Kevin felt completely numb of any feelings, he felt he could not connect with anyone and was even unable to cry at her funeral.  Kevin felt guilty for feeling like this, for not opening up and even worried that family members and friends maybe thought that he did not really care about losing Jane.

A Complete Change of Life

Kevin’s life and routine had been completely turned upside down; he had been spending many months caring for his wife.  Not only enduring the loss of his wife and best friend, but the loss of routine had also made him feel like his whole world had imploded. After feeling like this for a period of weeks this made Kevin feel very depressed, he had no motivation to do anything, what was the point in anything anymore?

At his lowest mood, Kevin thankfully reached out for help, and called Darlington Mind’s Loss and Bereavement Service, where he received phone counselling to work through his emotions. This enabled him to start to think of a new life, of something to look forward to, and to see some hope for a new chapter of his life.

Brighter Times Ahead

Kevin will never forget the 25 years he spent with his wife Jane.  Whilst the feelings of loss have been tremendous for him, he is now starting to think back of the good times they shared. He has opened up to his family and friends, has also started to engage with some of his old hobbies, in painting, as well as learning about how to use social media and smart phone apps to enable him to better connect with family and friends.

Kevin still has a way to go on his journey through grief; he has good days and occasional bad days, although the bad days are getting less.  He is very pleased with the progress he has made over the course of a few weeks, and has thanked us for our support.

How to Get Help

We want you to know that it is ok if you do not want to talk straight away like Kevin, but when you are ready, we can be that listening ear and help you to work through painful and difficult emotions.

Helpline and counselling service call 07377 910227 (weekdays) or email supportline@darlingtonmind.com