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Death - bereavement - advice and support
When somebody close to you dies, you will need advice and support to help you deal with your loss. Your loss is unique to you and you will cope with it in your own way.
Bereavement is a highly personal and often traumatic event and many people go through a range of reactions and emotions when someone close to them dies; you will be shocked; you may be angry, or depressed or you may feel physically ill. It is like being on an emotional roller-coaster and your changing and violent emotions may upset you; all these feelings are quite normal.
You can seek practical help from a funeral director or from your family doctor but there are also many agencies that can offer you more guidance or support and advice about what happens next and what you need to do. You may be able to get support from your solicitor, your church or social care services. If health visitors or district nurses worked with the person who died, they may also be able to help. If the person died in a hospital, staff there can sometimes give you practical advice about what to do.
Simply talking to someone sympathetic, who understands what you're going through, can be a big help. This may be a friend or work colleague but it could be a bereavement counsellor whose job is simply to listen and offer support.
For practical information about registering a death and obtaining a death certificate, please go to our Death - registering page.