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Coping with Grief

Coping with loss and grief after the death of someone who was very important to you can be so difficult. How people react is very personal. The different ways members of the public have responded to the recent sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II is evidence of this.

It is quite common for the passage of grief to be thought about in terms of a cycle. Reaching acceptance of the loss does not mean that someone will not yo-yo back to earlier parts of the cycle of grief at times. Reading and listening to media coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, I have been struck by the number of people who have spoken about how her death has rekindled feelings of personal loss, particularly of parents and grandparents. Sometimes just being able to talk about personal feelings of loss with others can provide huge emotional support for those who are struggling to cope with grief. An excellent starting point to find local bereavement support is The Good Grief Trust (

In Surrey and Hampshire here are two examples of bereavement support:

Surrey: The Brigitte Trust offers free Bereavement Support Groups over 8 weeks across different venues (;

Hampshire: GreenAcres Heatherley Wood in Grayshott holds a Good Grief Café from 10-12pm on the first Saturday of every month. This is a free pop-up café hosted by The Good Grief Trust volunteers.

There are lots of resources out there to help you as you try to deal with the loss of a loved one. You do not have to cope with your grief in isolation.

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