The loss of a family member or friend, a loved or not-so loved one, is considered to be one of the most traumatic experiences you can have in your life.
Regardless of whether the loss was expected or sudden, taking in the reality of the situation is no easy task.
While your life without them may never be the same, over time and with support you will find and make meaning and grow through this new life experience.
The feelings of loss and trauma after the death of a family member or friend are to be expected. It is also natural to feel a range of many different emotions, both comfortable and uncomfortable and conflicting.
People find different ways of dealing with loss, trauma and grief. Often, they turn to personal and communal resources, networks and safe people that they have trusted in the past, when faced with adversity.
People find different ways of navigating loss, trauma and grief. Often, they turn to personal and communal resources, networks and safe people that they have trusted in the past when faced with adversity.
Some people try to keep busy, while others turn to other family members for support. Some people make lists of things that need to be done, while others use humour as a way of trying to make light of the situation. You may be finding your own ways. Our loss, grief and bereavement experiences are as unique as our fingerprints. Sharing these experiences rather than comparing them allows us to carry our loss, grief and bereavement.