Finding help in Bereavement
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES CAN HELP
Generally by simply spending time with the person who has been bereaved. Being close to others can be a great source of comfort. It is not always necessary to say anything; just being there is enough. It is important that a bereaved person is able to talk and cry with someone without being judged.
It can also be difficult for people to understand why the bereaved keep reiterating the same ground, talking and apparently becoming distressed about the same things over again. This is an important part of the healing process, and should be encouraged. By not mentioning the name of the person who has died for fear of upsetting it can lead to a sense of isolation and can add to the grief of the bereaved. Another difficult time when friends and relatives can be of help is festive occasions and anniversaries, which can be particularly painful for years to come. Practical help with domestic chores or looking after children may be helpful. Help and support is available with paperwork, particularly with financial arrangements.
YOUR DOCTOR CAN HELP
In some instances, sleepless nights can go on indefinitely, which can be a serious problem. The doctor may be able to prescribe something to help.
Bereavement can turn our world upside down and is one of the most painful experiences we have to endure.
In spite of this it is something that we all go through without need of medical attention. For those who do run into problems however, there is help available and you should not hesitate to contact your family doctor.