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When we experience a death, bereavement, grief and loss can affect people in a number of ways. There is no right or wrong way to feel through this experience.

Our feelings can be experienced with great intensity, in passing waves or may appear unexpectedly. It can be difficult to recognise our feelings when we are experiencing bereavement, grief or loss.


The Kubler-Ross 5 stages of grief model is useful for recognising and understanding your own, or a colleagues feelings and behaviours.

Most people will experience all of these phases, for some people their experience may be linear moving from one stage to the next, for others grief may feel more chaotic moving back and forth between stages frequently.

Bereavement services

Losing a friend or relative is a tough experience to go through and people react to grief in different ways. Here, we have provided details of some of the key support that is available to you.

National support

  • The government has produced some support for the bereaved which contains Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions. This has been translated into a number of different languages.
  • Thrive LDN has put together a resource pack to support you if you are grieving the sudden death of someone close to you, or if you are supporting someone going through sudden bereavement.
  • The Coroners’ Courts Support Service has also produced a helpline leaflet and a bereavement support pack.

Local support

NHS have produced a series of guidance packs to support people through the bereavement process. There are three guides available, as follows:

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