Marilyn Relf, Ann Couldrick and Heather Barrie

Grief and Bereavement Guide

When someone important to us dies we have to learn to live without his or her continuing presence in our lives.  This takes time. Whether the death was anticipated or a relief, our feelings and responses to bereavement can be bewildering and difficult to understand. 

This booklet attempts in straightforward language to address questions that are often asked by bereaved people.  No two people grieve in the same way and not all of what we write here will apply to you.  

If you would like to talk to someone about your grief, please do not hesitate to contact the Sobell House Bereavement Service.  The service offers confidential one-to-one support, group support and counselling.

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You can view the guide on our website by clicking on the yellow buttons below. Each button takes you to a specific chapter of the guide. The contents of the chapter are listed in the bullet points.


Common feelings and reactions



Understanding how children cope with bereavement


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