Bereavement and Loss Counselling Our bereavement and loss counsellors help people cope more effectively with the death of someone close, or to come to terms with the impact of a significant loss or a traumatic event. “Bereavement refers to the specific process of recovering from the death of a loved one. Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Both encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger, and the process of adapting to a significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another.” 1point bereavement and loss counsellor, June 2018 We offer two stages of support: (1) A short term rapid access service for people who have experienced a bereavement or loss in the past six months. This can help clients gain an understanding of their feelings and 'normalise' the grieving process. This service starts with an extended initial session to assess whether psychotherapeutic contact is appropriate at this stage for the client. The early stages of loss can leave people with feelings ranging from a sense of numbness, to being overwhelmed or traumatised. Although these feelings will pass for most people, others find working with a therapist for a short period help them understand and cope with the early stages of grief. We offer these clients the opportunity to continue with their assessment therapist to access up to four further sessions delivered on a fortnightly basis. This approach is quite often complemented by members of the Silverwellbeing Helpdesk who can also guidance to clients who may benefit from some practical advice to help them cope with the consequences of their loss. If clients require more sessions then we usually recommend our (2) ongoing remedial counselling service (usually delivered by one of our member agencies), which can help you: explore areas that could potentially prevent clients from moving on, resolve areas of conflict still remaining, adjust to a new sense and understanding of self. “Bereavement therapy has helped me process my thoughts and acknowledge that I am grieving like any other person. I now have the tools to better communicate with my family. I am now closer to them.” 1point client feedback, June 2018 Making an appointment: You can make a direct access self-referral to this service by contacting a member of the Silverwellbeing team on 01204 917745 or emailing us at [email protected] .