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Through the course of our lives, we will all experience loss in some form or other. Your own experience of loss will be very personal to you. Feelings of numbness, yearning, anger, regret and guilt are common, but we all cope in different ways.

How loss may affect you

Significant loss is hard to forget, and can dominate your thoughts, making it difficult to concentrate and carry on normal day-to-day life. It can result in trouble getting to sleep, or disturbing dreams. You may have endless conversations with yourself over how things could or should have been different. You may be feeling a sense of guilt or anger at the situation. Sometimes your feelings may seem inappropriate – being angry with the person who died, or laughing at things that are not really funny.

However you are affected, it’s important to understand that even inappropriate feelings or behaviours are normal. Sometimes your reaction to loss could create problems in your work or home life. Talking about your feelings to someone you trust can be immensely helpful.

How psychological support can help

Loss is one of the most painful and overwhelming experiences we endure but you don’t have to suffer alone. Psychotherapy or counselling can help you through the worst stages, allowing you to move forward with your life and regain a sense of optimism for the future.

A qualified psychotherapist or counsellor will encourage you to talk about your feelings, helping you understand what is happening to you. With greater understanding, you will start to come to terms with your loss. Your therapist will also give you useful tools to manage your feelings when you feel you can′t - for example at night, or when you′re on your own. Psychological support can also prevent further problems from developing, such as Depression, Sleeplessness, Anxiety, Phobias or Panic.

What′s involved

Initially you will have a conversation with a therapist to start to understand your experience. Based on your conversation they will be able to advise you on which treatments can help. Psychotherapy and talking therapies can help you deal with your feelings very effectively. Sometimes specific problems such as obsessive thoughts or sleeplessness can be helped with therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Your next steps

Connect will help you find the most appropriate therapist for your circumstances, in a location convenient to you. If you or someone you know is suffering, and you live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, West Wiltshire or South Gloucestershire, please contact us for a free discussion of your concerns. Call 01225 344 171 or email

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