Grief Awareness Week

Posted on: 4th December 2023

This week is Grief Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness and open conversations about grief.

Loss is sadly an inevitable part of our lives, and many of us have encountered the profound sorrow of losing a loved one. Yet, the emotional impact of such profound loss is not always openly discussed. We must break the silence surrounding grief and create a space where more people feel comfortable sharing their experiences.

We’ve put together this short blog to help you navigate the complexities of grief and find support.

What is Grief

Grief is the natural and complex response to loss. It encompasses a range of emotions such as sadness, anger, and confusion, and it can manifest physically, emotionally, and mentally. Grieving is a unique process for each individual, influenced by the nature of the loss and personal coping mechanisms.

The Grief Recovery Process

Symptoms of grief can appear days, weeks, or even months after a loss. During this time, it's important to be aware of the following and seek support as and when you need it.

If someone close to you has died, you are likely to feel a range of emotions from anger to numbness to worry.  You may also experience acceptance and relief that your loved one is no longer suffering.

Other common feelings include anxiety, guilt and uncertainty along with physical symptoms including changes in sleep patterns, eating habits and susceptibility to illness.

What support is there to help with bereavement?

There is support available to help you deal with your grief after losing a loved one.

  • If you visit your GP, they can let you know about local bereavement counsellers.
  • There are a number of helplines you can call including:
    • Samaritans on 116 123 (for anyone at any time for any reason)
    • Childline on 0800 1111 (support for people under 25 years and their relatives)
    • Silverline on 0800 479 8090 (support for the over 50's)
    • Grief Talk on 0808 802 0111 (anyone suffering from grief
  • Sue Ryder is a charity providing support for palliative, neurological and bereavement support.

You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line if you need support if a loved one is dying or has died from liver disease.

Find out more about Grief Awareness Week here: National Grief Awareness Week (