We are not taught how to prepare for the death of someone close to us, there are so many variations of the way people mourn the loss of a loved one. Some people can deal with pain and some people just can’t.
Grief is natural
- Shock and Denial - Initial reaction, protect from overwhelming sense of the loss
- Intense Concern - Being unable to think of anything else
- Despair and Depression - Longest of the stages and the most painful – actually come to terms with the loss involves a wide range of emotions and behaviours, many of which may appear irrational. Depression can include feelings of anger, guilt and anxiety.
- Recovery - The purpose of grieving is not the elimination of all the pain or of the memories of the loss, rather it is a process intended to allow the reorganisation so that the loss remains an important part, rather than the focus of, one’s life.
Bereavement, while an inescapable and natural part of life, carries a degree of risk when severe. If you are at all concerned for friends or family, or even yourself, we urge you to seek support.
We have done extensive research to find professionals who will be able to walk you through the process if you need. Below you will find links and contact details for the following care facilities:
MISSING PEACE COUNCELLING SERVICE
Michele Derham (DIRECTOR)
B.PSYCH.SC., GRAD. DIP, C & GW
(08) 8342 0882
Most Australians have some experience with anxiety and depression, whether it is personal or via family, friends or work colleagues. beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.
beyondblue info line: 1300 22 4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AUSTRALIAN CENTRE OF GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT
1300 664 786