Bereavement is one of the most painful experiences most of us will go through sooner or later.

Any loss can cause sadness, however pain and grief is usually experienced following the death of someone we love.

Each one of us experiences the process of grieving in a different way and for some of us it may last for a long time.

Initially we may be in shock. Attending the funeral is an important part of the mourning process.

After the first few days we may experience a variety of emotional responses such as sadness, anxiety, relief if the person had suffered from a terminal illness, guilt, anger and others.

It is important to remember that these are part of coming to terms with the loss and that being with friends and family usually helps.

Some of you may want to ask for professional help especially if the death has triggered unresolved feelings, if you have many experiences of bereavement, if you feel suicidal or if you just want to talk to someone.