Grief & Mental Health
Grief is the word we use for all our conflicting feelings when we lose someone, or something, through death or a change in our familiar pattern of life and behaviour. Either the death of someone close to us or through the loss of a much-loved pet. Our animals can be a real comfort and company for many who are lonely or want someone just to listen. Change in our home life, divorce or separation, loss of a job, change in health, or leaving home for the first time are also events that can cause us to feel grief. This can be particularly hard, causing confusion, shock, denial, pain, guilt, anger and loneliness.
Experiencing these when we are young can affect us emotionally and mentally through our whole life. We might accept death as being a part of life, which it is, but we can feel afraid of it, or any change, and become afraid to do things we might otherwise enjoy. Everyone will react differently,
Sometimes it is hard to ‘put on a brave face’ and it is good either to talk or have a safe way of expressing how you feel. At R Gwinnell & Son we have a ‘Memory Tree’ that you can visit and hang a name or specific memory on, to help in this process.
We believe it helps to talk with others who have been bereaved so we have a coffee morning in The Old Bell, 1 Stoke Street, Wednesday mornings 10.30-12 noon – come along if you feel it will help.