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I am a young adult aged 18-25

When someone significant in our lives dies, you might experience a whirlwind of emotions and feelings, that may at times feel overwhelming and all consuming. These emotions can ebb and flow, with days of pain and grief followed by moments of feeling okay and experiencing some happiness, a careful balance between joy and sadness. It can feel like different and strange, but it is a natural response to the loss of someone important in our life.

I am a young adult aged 18-25

This is the Upward Spiral of Grief, as depicted by our founder, Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE. It shows how we move through lots of different feelings and emotions. Confusion may be felt at the same time as anger, or it could be felt alongside relief. It is important to know, even though it feels hard and uncomfortable, it is normal, and feelings and emotion will change and evolve over time.

If you feel it isn’t changing and you are not coping, then we can help.

Grief Encounter offers the support of trained therapists who provide free one-on-one counselling and various creative therapies. These sessions offer a secure space where you can express yourself without fear of judgment or expectation. Our goal is to help you comprehend your thoughts and feelings, making sense of your experience and supporting you through the challenges of grief.

We also offer group support, a shared space with other people your age who have experienced a bereavement. Although never the same, meeting someone who is also grieving the death of an important person can alleviate some of the isolation and loneliness that comes with bereavement and helps us feel connected to others. A safe space to receive and give peer support to others who are in their grief journey.

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