You Are Not Alone

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience and is a natural response to loss, how you grieve depends on many factors, strength of character, faith, life, experiences and the nature of your loss. Remember that crying is a natural reaction and not a weakness, it is an acknowledgement of loss, there is no normal timetable for grieving, be patient with yourself and allow the grief process to naturally unfold.

Loss Affects People In Different Ways


"Grief can be compared to a roller coaster

full of ups and downs, highs and lows,

- the ride eventually levels out and

so will your grief."



The Death of someone close is a shock even following a long illness, you may feel almost paralysed by it,everything seems unreal and remote and that everything is at a distance, this feeling can last a long time, some find it helpful to keep busy, involving themselves with things that have to be done.

Physical Symptoms


We often think of grief as a strictly emotional process, but grief often involves physical problems, this can include: fatigue, nausea, lowered immunity, weight loss or weight gain, aches and pains, and insomnia.



A significant loss can trigger a host of worries and fears, you may feel anxious, helpless, or even insecure, you may even have panic attacks, The death of a loved one can trigger fears about your own mortality, and facing life without that person or the responsibilities that you will face alone.



Grief can make you feel angry against doctors, hospitals, family members or

even the funeral director for taking your loved one away.  You may feel shocked at your own feelings.



Profound sadness is probably the most universally experienced symptom. You may have feelings of emptiness, despair, yearning or extreme loneliness.



Guilt can be felt for all sorts of reasons, Regrets about things said or not said,

done or not done.

Feeling relief following a long or difficult illness can result in a guilty feeling.

Useful Contacts


Counselling Directory

0844 8030 240


Cruse Bereavement Care

0808 808 1677



116 123


Nelsons Journey

01603 431788


Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society

020 7436 5881


Child Death Helpline

0800 282986


01328 862209 / 07717 752303



For General Help & Advice


Age UK Norfolk

01603 787111

Local Help


Many churches and charitable groups

offer bereavement support or run coffee mornings.


Here in Fakenham the Parish Church holds a bereavment group in the church Trinity Room on the 1st Wednesday of every month - 10.00am - 12.00pm.

All are welcome.


The information and contacts provided on this page is provided for information and guidance only.

Gowards Funeral Services do not endorse these contacts or accept any responsilbility for the information that they may provide.


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