Loss means ‘the fact or process of losing something or someone’.
State of Mind would like to encourage people to let their feelings out in a safe way and have listed a number of key contacts where people can get help and support below.
Loss in sport and in life will affect all of us at some point
It is natural that We grieve to varying degrees after any sort of loss such as jobs, physical health injuries to ourselves or other people, relationships, sporting losses but most powerfully after the death of someone we love
Losing someone brings on a range of emotions and it can take some time to get through
Some of those emotions include feeling stunned, numb, wanting the person to be back with you, getting angry and feeling guilty or experiencing intense emotional pain
Some people feel uncomfortable talking about their feelings of loss, but it is really helpful to let out your emotions with people you know and trust, rather than bottling up your feelings
It is difficult to know what to say or what to do to support someone experiencing a major loss and this sometimes results in people avoiding the person who has experienced loss. This can make people bereaved feel lonely and isolated.
Friends and relatives can help by being alongside the bereaved person; showing concern by listening, supporting and encouraging the person to let out their emotions and talk about their feelings in a safe space.
Practical ways of showing support can be taking around flowers, offer to walk the dog (if they have one), watch a rugby league game at home on TV together or live at a match locally, offer to bake a cake, cook a meal or offering to do the shopping or just being there can help.
Just listening or saying you can’t find words will let people know that you care
Prince Harry on the loss of his mother when aged 12 www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39618169
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Our services are provided by our network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work.
Telephone: 0808 808 1677
Bereavement Support Organisations
Welcome to our Grief Resources Support Organisation area designed to help you easily find the most relevant contact details from the wide array of support agencies working to help bereaved people in the UK.
Phone Line Support
General Bereavement Support
Death during pregnancy or shortly after birth
Death of a child
Death of a partner
Murder or Manslaughter
How to help someone who has lost someone
If you know someone who is grieving the death of someone close you may wonder how best to support them. Read on for some suggestions of what to say and do.