Most people expect to be upset or distressed when someone close to them has died. What takes many people by surprise is how strong the emotions can be, how they can change very quickly and how long they last. People around you may seem to think you should be ‘back to normal’ after a few weeks or months. You might appear to be your usual self to other people, but you know that on the inside, you’re not even sure what normal is anymore.

Everyone grieves in a way that is unique to them and their relationship with the person who has died. Well-intentioned people may say to you, ‘Time is a great healer’ but sometimes however, it can seem that life is more difficult as the weeks and months go by.

We know that nobody can understand exactly what your loss feels like to you. But we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement on your life; this is why we’ve teamed up with GriefChat.

GriefChat was created by bereavement experts and by clicking on the GriefChat pop-up, you can chat online directly to a specially trained bereavement counsellor. GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you to find any additional support you might need. 

GriefChat provides emotional support for bereaved people, access to trained bereavement counsellors and referral into other specialist bereavement services.

GriefChat is a completely free of charge service available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm (UK time) or by email outside of these hours.

Other Support Organisations

Cruse Bereavement Care  Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Samaritans  Phone: 116 123 - Open 24/7