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About grief


Grief is a natural process but it can be devastating. Most people will cope with help and support from family and friends. For those who need additional help, Cruse offers free confidential support for adults, children and young people. Support can be given by telephone, email or face-to-face.

  • Feel shocked, numb, guilty, afraid and full of pain?
  • These feelings are not unnatural or wrong.
  • Every person’s experience of grief is unique.
Contact Your Local Cruse Office
After a death you may initially feel shocked, numb, guilty, afraid and full of pain. These feelings may change to feelings of longing, sadness, loneliness – even hopelessness and fear about the future.

They are all ‘normal’ reactions to what may be the most difficult experience of your life. Over time these feelings should lessen.

But these are some of the things people often say when they come to use for help following a bereavement.

What people tell us

the shock can make you feel numb. This is a way of managing the pain and loss and can help you through the early days when there is so much to do.

What people tell us

One minute I’m ok, the next minute I’m in tears’ – mood swings can be very frightening but they are normal.

What people tell us

Physical reactions to a death are very common.

What people tell us

It may take some time to grasp what has happened. It can often happen when you least expect it, as if your mind has temporarily ‘forgotten’ that they have died.

What people tell us

I keep going over every detail of her last few days’ – a common reaction, particularly where the death was sudden and unexpected, or occurred in traumatic circumstances.

What people tell us

It’s important to try to focus on the good times, and not to dwell on things in the past that you cannot change.

Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close

Darlington
01325 288633

2 Maude Street,
Darlington,
DL3 7PW

Drop In:
Every Monday
2pm - 4pm
No appointment is
necessary - it is
advisable to telephone

Durham
01325 288633

Lower Hall,
St Nicholas Church,
Market Place
Durham

Drop In:
on the 4th Thursday
of each month,
1.30pm until 3.30pm

Guisborough
01287 610734

1st Floor,
Sunnyfield House,
36 Westgate,
Guisborough,
TS14 6BA

Drop In:
Every 2nd and 4th Monday
of each month,
10am until 12pm

Middlesbrough
01642 210284

PJS House,
9-11 Harris Street,
Middlesbrough,
TS1 5EF

Drop In:
on 1st and 3rd,
Thursday of each month,
11am until 1pm