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Grief may not feel normal but it is. Everyone will grieve in their own way. You may experience all sorts of feelings or you may feel nothing. You may find it easy to talk or you might bottle all of your emotions up.
“A massive bundle of different emotions and intense feelings. Feeling sad and missing somebody. Love happens and people die in your family. Someone who has lost someone and they can’t get over it. You cry over someone dying. You cry then you stop.
Whatever you feel is how you feel. You may experience nothing or a mixture of feelings all at once.
Young people supported by Child Bereavement UK share what has helped them:
Spend time with people you feel comfortable with. Sometimes you may want to talk, other times you may not but sometimes just being with others who care about you can help.
It’s really normal and OK to feel angry but it’s important that you express it in a way that is safe for yourself and others.
There is no time limit on grief. When someone close to you dies it can stay with you for the rest of your life but it can get easier with time. It doesn’t go away but most young people say that over time they are able to handle it better’.
Sarah Darwen whose Dad died share her thoughts on what helped her:
“You’ve just gone through, quite possibly, one of the worst experiences of your life. From now on, you have to focus on getting yourself back on tract.
Here are some useful organisations that support children and young people