Safeguarding: Supporting someone who is grieving

Since the news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh last Friday, members of the public have found their own way to express their sadness.

There has been an outpouring of love and support for HM the Queen recognising that she has lost ‘her beloved husband’.

People have turned to the online book of condolence to share their feelings.

According to the NHS website, experts generally accept that we go through four stages of bereavement or grief:

  1. Accepting that your loss is real
  2. Experiencing the pain of grief
  3. Adjusting to life without the person or thing you have lost
  4. Putting less emotional energy into grieving and putting it into something new

Most people go through all these stages, but they will not necessarily move smoothly from one to the next.

Their grief might feel chaotic and out of control, but these feelings will eventually become less intense over time.

In a year when so many people have suffered loss, we hope these support resources may be helpful to anyone who is struggling to come to terms with a loss or supporting someone who is grieving: