What is Bereavement?
"Bereavement is the loss of someone that we love"
Bereavement is often a very distressing experience as it means that we have lost someone that we love. Unfortunately bereavement is a common experience and at some point during our own lives the majority of us will lose a person that we feel close to.
Death is not something that we think about everyday, maybe because it is easier not to think about death when we are too busy living, and so someone who is close to us losing their life can come as a shock, regardless of the circumstances.
It can feel like a very difficult time, often we have not spent time beforehand understanding the process of bereavement, how me might feel and how to accept the powerful feelings that we may be experiencing.
The emotions that are associated with loss can feel intense and so it can be difficult to know what is normal. It may be difficult to come to terms with the sense of loss we feel and the reality of coping and adapting to how life is now.
I saw this quote some time ago in a book I was researching:
"Bereavement is the loss of a life, but it is not the end of a relationship"
Our loved one may have passed, however our relationship with them continues.
As a Therapist who works primarily with clients who may soon experience loss or who have already experienced the loss of someone they love, I found that this quote to be quite relevant. We may lose the person that we love, but it is not the end of the relationship we have with them, that lives on and will go some way to explaining why our feelings at times of loss are so intense.