What is grief?
Grief can affect you in two ways — emotionally and physically.

Many different feelings can be experienced in grief, including:

  • sorrow and sadness
  • depression and crying
  • anger and frustration
  • guilt and regret
  • helplessness and fear

Grief can also give rise to physical symptoms, like:

  • exhaustion and restlessness
  • tension
  • insomnia
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of weight
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Warrington Bereavement Support recognises that every bereaved person is an individual and no two bereavements are the same. Grieving is a natural process, usually painful and of uncertain duration. There are no fixed time limits for grieving as this will depend on, for example, the nature of the death, the circumstances of the bereaved person and their relationship with the person who has died.

Most people negotiate the process of bereavement safely, often with support from family and friends. However, some people experience difficulties somewhere in the process and may need particular help and support to move on.

Grieving is not an illness, but unless it is allowed to follow its course it may bring risks to physical and mental health and possibly impair personal relationships. And that is why the counselling and support that WBS offer will help you to move through the grieving process, giving you an opportunity to express your feelings of grief.