GriefChat - we're here to help 9am - 9pm Monday - Friday (or leave us a message), click on the 'pop up' menu below right of your screen

Most people expect to be very upset or distressed when someone close to them has died. What takes many people by surprise is how strong the emotions can be, how they can change very quickly, and how long they last. People around you may seem to think you should be ‘back to normal’ after a few weeks or months. You might appear to be your usual self to other people, but you know that on the inside, you’re not even sure what normal is anymore.

Everyone grieves in a way that is unique to them and their relationship with the person who has died. Well-intentioned people may say to you, ‘Time is a great healer.’ Sometimes, however, it can seem that life is more difficult as the weeks and months go by.

We know that no-one can understand exactly what your loss feels like to you. But we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement on your life and this is why we offer the GriefChat service.

GriefChat was created by bereavement experts and by clicking on the GriefChat box below, you can chat directly to a specially trained bereavement counsellor. GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you to find any additional support you might need. GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm or by email out of these hours.

GriefChat provides emotional support for bereaved people, access to trained bereavement counsellors and referral into other specialist bereavement services.

The Bereavement Advice Centre can help with practical issues relating to bereavement eg. the practical things that you need to do when someone dies.

Email GriefChat

Phone GriefChat:  01524 782910

Find out more about the people behind GriefChat.

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The pain of grief is perhaps...the price we pay for love.

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Colin Murray Parkes

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Grief is like a long, winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.

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C S Lewis, A Grief Observed

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I really regret not talking about my mother's death

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Prince Harry

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It dawns on you quite suddenly that life is never, ever going to be the same again, that the whole world has changed in a moment.

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Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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There is no such thing as ‘very few losses’. We’ve all had tons of losses and we need to take ownership of them. We can be overwhelmed by them and go under, or we can recognise them as integral to living.

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Jim Kuykendall, Bereavement Therapist

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Each one of us can be a creative survivor.

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Judy Tatelbaum, Author

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Bereavement puts enormous pressure on families and the support they receive makes all the difference. That's why Care for the Family is pleased to endorse the work of AtaLoss.org.

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Rob Parsons, Care for the Family

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We live in an age where we think death is an option.

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David Hockney, Artist