Bereavement Support

Understanding Grief

Grief is our natural process of reaction and adjustment to loss and change. When we lose someone or something that is important to us, we grieve. There are many types of losses – loss of health, loss of employment, marital breakdown, divorce and death – and the reactions we have after a loss may be very different. Every significant loss challenges us to find ways of coping with the changes that absence brings.

This does not mean that we put the loss behind us, but we now have to adjust to a life without that person or thing that meant so much to us. For most the death of someone close will be the biggest loss we face. Your grieving process is to try to make sense of what has happened while learning to live your life without that person


Would it help to talk to a trained bereavement care worker about your grief & loss? Skilled & confidential help is available at:-

Castlebar 094 9025900

Claremorris 094 9362096

Headford 093 36446

Tuam 093 24577

Westport 098 28871

Please phone for an appointment or contact 094 9025900 for further information

to download the information as a pdf file click here Bereavement Support Brochure

What to expect

We are all amateurs when it comes to grief and there is no right way to grieve. No two people’s reaction will be the same, but these are some you might have.


You may feel sad, numb, irritable, angry, relieved, guilty, lonely, depressed, frightened or helpless. These feelings can come and go and do not follow any particular order.

Physical symptoms

You may feel more tired than usual, yet find it hard to sleep. It is not unusual to have vivid dreams. Your appetite may change and energy levels may be low. Your concentration may be low so that you are absentminded or have difficulty absorbing new information.