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Death and Bereavement

Whether a death is expected or not, we can never predict how we will react. So when a person dies, reactions within a family may well differ. While we may expect to be sad for a while, this is just one of a variety of feelings which may be experienced.

It is important to remember that the death of a close family member impacts on the family as a whole and on it’s individual members. Different family members may react in very different ways and at different times. Responses and reactions will be as variable as the personalities within a family, and so will the ways in which individuals grieve. It is important to recognise these differences and allow people to grieve in their own way.

Particularly challenging for all concerned can be a sudden and unexpected death, deaths for which there seem to be no reason, the death of a young child perhaps, or a suicide.

Death is a natural part of life. Somehow in our society this fact tends to be forgotten, and we may hope and pretend that it won’t happen in our family. When it does, whilst we may never forget the person who has died, we will in time be able to find a way to live with what has happened and enjoy positive experiences once again.

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