Bereavement is a very personal experience and we react to it in many different ways

Feelings of bereavement are a normal and natural reaction to loss that we can feel when a significant person in our lives dies.  You may feel:

  • Shock,
  • Helplessness,
  • Sadness,
  • Loneliness,
  • Longing,
  • Fear,
  • Anxiousness,
  • Depression,
  • Anger,
  • Guilt,
  • Let down,
  • Loss of confidence and
  • Wondering if you can cope.

Talking to someone who understandstands may help and, as time goes by you expect to feel better, but you may still have feelings of:

  • Tiredness,
  • Lethargy,
  • Restlessness,
  • Irritability,
  • Sleeplessness,
  • Lack of concentration and
  • Difficulty remembering things.

People around you may offer help, sympathy and advice. It is important that any decisions you need to make should be in your own time and when you feel readyAllow yourself time to grieve.

Talking to understanding people may help.  At St John's church there are people who have received training in bereavement and also in listening.  Alternatively you may find that talking to family and friends is supportive for you.  You might also consider talking to your doctor or GP or your local Minister or Priest.

St Johns church is typically open daily from 9am to 4pm for private prayer and thoughts. 

You might also just like to come in and light a candle in remembrance of someone.

There is also a Peace Garden at the rear of the church for peaceful reflections