Project Description

When someone close to you is very ill or has died, there is no right or wrong way to feel.

You might feel angry, sad, confused or completely lost. It’s natural to feel these things and whilst things will feel better in time, it might be a good idea to get some support to help manage your feelings.

Many schools in Wiltshire have a school counsellor whom you can talk to you and get support from.

  • If they want to, bereaved people can cry and talk about their feelings without fear of being judged.
  • There may be practical support a friend or family member could offer like helping with general housework, cooking and other chores.
  • There isn’t a limit on how long someone should grieve for but it is important they are allowed enough time to grieve.

A common way of dealing with loss whether it be death, divorce or illness is hardly grieving at all. This  could be because someone hasn’t had a chance to grief because of other demands in their life. It could take years for the person to truly realise what has happened.

The use of alcohol and drugs may feel like an option for coping when someone close to you is no longer around, but the long term affects are not good and alcohol and drugs won’t allow you to properly grieve over your loss.

When people grieve, they all do so in different ways. Some avoid talking about how they feel and find it difficult to express their emotions. However, finding people to talk to is a healthy way of coping, especially when you have lost someone close to you. It is normal to feel a range of emotions like anger, guilt and sadness and talking can help to manage these feelings

Helpline and online support to young people aged 11+ when a close family member is diagnosed with cancer or another a life-threatening illness

supports families  when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement

Youth website for bereavement and care

A wide range of information on childhood cancer and its impact

Brake, the road safety charity, provides a helpline and support literature available to adults who care for anyone bereaved or injured in a road crash

We Hear You (WHY) is based in Frome and offers a free professional one-to-one counselling service for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer or another life threatening illness

Website for teenagers who have a parent with cancer

Helpline and email advice for children, parents and professionals

Resources and E-counselling sessions to young people over 14 affected by bereavement

Online resources and telephone helpline providing emotional & practical support