Azalea CounsellingCounselling in Eastleigh near Winchester
with Vicky Mould

Bereavement Counselling. Hope in bereavement

Bereavement counselling can help you cope and adjust after a loved one dies and feel a sense of hope for the future

The loss of a partner, child, family member or friend can be truly devastating, and you may experience a range of feelings and emotions that you haven't felt before, feel confusing and overwhelming at times.

Grief and grieving is a natural response, and you may experience feelings of shock, numbness, sadness, emptiness, and some of the following:

  • A sense of longing
  • Physical pain or ache in the heart, chest or stomach
  • Loneliness
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Relief
  • Apathy
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression.

    Everyone is different, so whatever you are feeling is 'okay' for you.

    There isn't a timescale for grieving, and this can be a particularly lonely experience, yet also challenging if you're in emotional pain and wondering when it will stop or just want it stop.

    Being told to 'move on' or 'get on with your life' isn't helpful. It's about patience and compassion from others and towards yourself. By going through your grief at your pace, you learn to cope and adjust.

    Bereavement counselling can be helpful if you're affected by recent, past or childhood bereavement.

    As a bereavement counsellor, I hope to be of some support to you, and by being alongside you as you are in your grief - free from judgement, any outside pressures or expectations.

    I can offer a safe environment where you can explore your experiences, express your feelings and emotions and adjust to the changes in your life.

    I can offer creative mediums such as collage and using colour. You don't have to be 'artistic' to engage in the process, and it can help you connect with and release a range of feelings and emotions.

    I can support you if you've been experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress since your bereavement, or have a long-term mental health issue or issues and are worried about your mental health.

    I can work with couples or individuals that are grieving the loss of a child.

    I have received further specialist training in the issues surrounding baby loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, sudden infant death), yet can support you if you've experienced the loss of a child of any age and by any circumstance.

    The loss of a child is devastating and can be deeply traumatic. It can bring up intense feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, fear, loss, and sometimes jealousy. You may feel depressed and even suicidal.

    Family and couple relationships can change as a result of the experience. Sometimes, differences in grieving and coping result in misunderstandings, feelings of tension and hurt.

    As a bereavement counsellor, I can work sensitively with you as a couple or individual, and for as long as you need.

    If you are struggling as a couple, counselling can offer an opportunity for mutual support and healing.

  • Bereavement counselling can help you cope and come to terms with a loved one's life-limiting or terminal illness

    When a loved one receives a diagnosis of a life-limiting or terminal illness, it can be devastating and scary. You may feel like your whole world has come crashing down on you or a sense of being in crisis.

    You may find it difficult to process what is happening, cope with conflicting feelings and emotions, or express your worries and fears about the days, weeks or months ahead.

    If you're caring for your loved one, you may struggle to maintain contact and relationships with friends and family and get support for yourself.

    Talking to a counsellor can help, including relieving the feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.

    I am easy to talk to, and you can be yourself with me. Whatever you're feeling and experiencing, I can journey with you.

    “None of us can go through life without facing loss and grief in one or many forms. What we can do is learn how to grieve well; how to accept the often-complicated emotions that accompany loss and so bring greater meaning to our lives” - Barbara Ward.

    You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have

    I can offer online or phone sessions through Zoom, Facetime or Skype, or see you at my practice in Eastleigh, which is near to Winchester and Southampton.

    If you feel you're struggling to cope or need a safe person to talk to, please contact me to arrange an introductory session or to ask questions before taking that step. You can call 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.

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