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Coping with grief

Grief can be sparked off many months afterwards by things that bring back memories. It can cause you to bursts into tears for no apparent reason and others may struggle to deal with this. It is best to return to a normal life as soon as possible; try to resume normal activities.

The phrase “Time is a great healer” is in most cases true, but the pain of loss doesn’t entirely disappear, nor should it.

For a bereaved partner, there are constant reminders of singleness – seeing other couples together and from the images seen on TV of happy families. All this can make it difficult to adjust to a new, single, lifestyle.

The different stages of mourning tend to overlap and can show themselves in various ways. There is no ‘standard’ way of grieving as we are all different, however the order in which we go through these feelings is very similar.


The different stages of grief include:

 (Click on each of the below for more details.)

  1. stunned disbelief + numbness
  2. agitation + yearning
  3. anger + guilt


Coping with grief