The Irish Hospice Foundation has published several bereavement leaflets about different types of grief and what to expect/how to cope. They can be downloaded free of charge.
Link: Bereavement Leaflets
Grief is a natural process of reaction and adjustment to loss and change. When we lose someone or something that is important to us, we grieve. There are many types of losses – loss of health, loss of employment, marital breakdown, divorce and death – and the reactions we have after a loss may be very different. Every significant loss challenges us to find ways of coping with the changes that absence brings.
Link: Understanding Grief
Grief is our natural response to loss. Learning to live in the world without the persone who died is the work of grieving. The death of someone close often comes as a shock, even if you expected it. You can't really prepare yourself for the impact it will have on your life.
It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what you need to do first, especially if this is the first time you are experiencing it. There are many procedures that will need to be undertaken. What needs to happen first will depend on the circumstances of the death and whether the person died in hospital, at home, a public place or overseas. This will also affect the type of documentation that you will be given.
Most young people will have been bereaved of someone close to them (a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, teacher) by the time they are 16. Many will cope well with their loss, but all will need the support of those around them.
Barnardos has developed information and resource materials on bereavement:
- Parenting Positively - Coping with Death - for children
- Parenting Positively Helping teenagers to cope with Death
- Death - Helping Children Understand
- Death - Helping Teenagers
Looking after someone may be a large part of your life, but it is inevitable that your caring role will change over time. This may be because the person you cared for has recovered and no longer needs care, they can no longer be cared for at home, or because they have died. Whatever your situation, it is important to realise that you are not alone. It will be difficult, but you can find help and support. ‘When caring ends or changes’ is for carers who are experiencing significant change in their lives. It outlines the support available and the steps you can take to help you through each situation.