Your absence has gone through me

Like thread through a needle.

Everything I do is stitched with its colour.

W.S Merwin

Following the death of your loved one with whom your life was entwined, there follows a period of suffering. Grief is complex and has emotional, physical, behavioural, spiritual and philosophical dimensions. It's part of life's journey and represents our adaptation towards living life without our loved person. It can be an incredibly difficult, lonely and disorientating experience.

As a first step, read through our useful grief resources to learn all about normal grief as well as the things you can do to help yourself through this time.

Many people find they manage their grief best by leaning on their support network of family and friends and engaging in the activities they know make them feel more peaceful such as walking or gardening. There's no right or wrong way to express yourself or your grief and your distress is not something that needs to be fixed or taken away, but as time passes it will feel more manageable.

If your loved one had any input from Strathcarron during their illness, you can get extra support from the Bereavement Support Team if you feel you need it.

We support people right from the immediate aftermath of a death to years down the road in their journey through grief. We have a range of support options. Please call the Hospice Reception on 01324 826222 and leave your details asking for a call back from Bereavement support for more information.