Bereavement & Grief Counselling

Bereavement Counselling Birmingham, UK
Bereavement Counselling in Birmingham, UK

Welcome to our dedicated bereavement counselling services in Birmingham, UK. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is an emotional experience with some people finding it extremely challenging. At Kay’s Counselling in Birmingham we provide compassionate support to help cope with the grieving process in a healthy way. 

Grief Bereavement
Grief

Grief and bereavement are experienced by everybody at some point in their lives. Everyone experiences different emotions and sometimes these feelings have an effect on daily life.

Grief affects individuals in many different ways, seeking bereavement counselling in Birmingham can help support you through this difficult period. Our experienced team understand individuals unique needs and can offer strategies to manager the grief.

Bereavement Counselling

 

Bereavement counselling offers a supportive environment to express emotions to help process the loss, our services aim to develop coping mechanisms to gradually move towards acceptance and healing.

Below is a list of what you could consider a ‘loss’, as it isn’t always bereavement;

• Illness
• Losing friends
• Divorce
• Children moving out of their parents’ house
• Redundancy
• Loss of sentimental items
• End of sessions
• Car breaking down (may need to be scrapped)
• Getting older/losing their youth
• Losing eyesight/hearing/physical movement
• Loss of autonomy
• Accidents which may have involved the client or friends/family
• Loss of self-esteem/confidence due to an incident

Grief and bereavement touch many lives within the United Kingdom, often leaving deep emotional scars that necessitate support and guidance. 

Key Statistics on Grief and Bereavement in the UK:

 
  1. Parental Death: Annually, approximately 26,900 parents pass away in the UK, leaving behind dependent children. This equates to one bereaved family every 20 minutes.
  2. Child Bereavement: Around 46,300 children under the age of 18 lose a parent each year – that’s about 127 children experiencing the death of a parent daily.
  3. Sibling Loss: A poignant statistic reveals that 1 in 29 school-aged children has been bereaved of a parent or sibling, which roughly translates to one child in every average class.
  4. Stillbirths: Each year, there are about 2,866 stillbirths in the UK, which means almost 8 families face this tragedy every day.
  5. Neonatal and Infant Mortality: In addition to stillbirths, 2,004 babies pass away within the first 28 days of life annually, and a further 780 babies die before reaching their first birthday.
  6. Child Mortality: 3,142 live-born children die before the age of 5, and an additional 969 children die between the ages of 1 and 15.
  7. Suicide Statistics: In 2021, there were 6,573 registered deaths by suicide in the UK, with 1,905 victims below the age of 35. Furthermore, an estimated 200 individuals under the age of 18 die by suicide each year.

Child Bereavement 

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  • Aims to provide vital support to children, young adults and adults dealing with grief 
  • Resource Link: Child Bereavement UK
  1. Samaritans: Offers confidential support for anyone in distress, including those affected by bereavement Resource Link: Samaritans
  2. Tommy’s: Dedicated to providing information and support for parents affected by miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth. Resource Link: Tommy’s
  3. Winston’s Wish: Assists bereaved children, their families, and the professionals who support them, with a focus on practical support and guidance.: Resource Link: Winston’s Wish
  4. Private Counselling Birmingham : Kay’s counselling in Birmingham offers bereavement counselling with compassionate therapists.
Grief Counselling
Bereavement

Bereavement and grief counselling in Birmingham, aims to support individuals who are coping with the loss of a loved one. There are 5 stages of bereavement listed below. I’ve gaiven an explanation on how these stages work. You may not experience these in any particular order and you may not experience all of them, if you have any stages is recommended to seek grief counselling in Birmingham.

 

 

 

Denial and Isolation – When you’re first told about a situation where someone important to you has passed away or is in a serious critical condition, you may deny the reality of the situation. This type of reaction is a defence mechanism to protect you from the shock by rationalising your overwhelming emotions. This raises statements like ‘this can’t be happening to me…’

Anger – Emotions can and often do get expressed in the form of anger. Your anger may be expressed towards objects, family, friends, complete strangers and even the loved one who is dying or is deceased. We do know the person is not to be blamed for what’s happened on a rational level however emotionally you may resent that person for causing the pain or for leaving you.

Bargaining – When we feel vulnerable or helpless you try to regain some control. The way in which this is done is by ‘making a deal with God’ or a higher power depending on your beliefs in order to stop the inevitable from happening. This is to protect yourself from the painful reality. Raises statements like ‘if you stop this from happening, I will do….’

Depression – May be due to the illness itself or it effects on you. This could be a result of anticipating the loss of life shortly to occur, you withdraw yourself from others/situations, you develop sleep disturbances, hopelessness and possible thoughts of suicide.

Acceptance – Accepting that death is inevitable; ideally, you’ll be able to talk about facing the unknown.

Grief can be a rollercoaster of emotions/feelings – at times things may be going OK and other times the emotions/feelings are very powerful and can feel like they’re uncontrollable, throwing you and your life off balance, which is why it is so beneficial to seek bereavement counselling. These feelings/emotions can be experienced in the following ways (these are just some examples):

• The constant worry of potentially losing someone
• The thoughts/feelings you have about what you could have done differently
• Thinking of the things you would have liked to have told that person/persons
• Feelings of guilt because of situations which have occurred in the past
• Worries/concerns over what will happen as a result of that person passing away
• Feeling like you don’t want to get out of bed
• Neglecting yourself, not bothering with your appearance any longer
• Loss of appetite
• Loss of concentration, unable to work
• Experiencing emotional outbursts (taking your feelings out on other peoples 

Myths surrounding Bereavement

There are some myths surrounding grief and bereavement. Below are the myths and facts surrounding grief and bereavement:

Myth: “The pain will go away faster if I ignore it.”

Fact: Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. For real healing, it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it.

Myth: “I should be strong” in the face of loss.”

Fact: Feeling sad, frightened, or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying doesn’t mean you are weak. You don’t need to “protect” your family or friends by putting on a brave front. Showing your true feelings can help them and you.

Myth: “If I don’t cry, it means I am not sorry about the loss.”

Fact: Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one. Those who don’t cry
may feel the pain just as deeply as others, they may simply have other ways of showing it.

Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement & grief counselling in Birmingham offers you a space to offload, where you can be open about what’s going on with you, with the knowledge that your therapist won’t be judging you. It’s recommended to contact grief counsellors or therapists with experience and training in supporting individuals through the grieving process. 

Here at Kay’s Counselling Birmingham, we help you learn to take back control and help you deal with your Bereavement counselling issues.

Our Bereavement Counselling Services

 

Our bereavement counselling programmes in Birmingham are tailored to address the specific needs of individuals coping with loss. We offer confidential 1-1 counselling sessions for children and families dealing with bereavement.

If you or someone you know is in need of bereavement counselling in Birmingham, UK, our therapists are here to provide the necessary support and guidance. 

Contact Kay’s Counselling for Bereavement Support in Birmingham

 

If you’re seeking bereavement counselling in Birmingham, Kay’s Counselling is here to support you through your grief. 

How to Reach Us

 

You can contact us through the following channels:

  1. Phone: Call us at 01216796200 to speak with one of our team.
  2. Email: Send us an email at enquiries@Kayscounselling.co.uk, and we will get back to you promptly.

Our Approach

 

At Kay’s Counselling, we understand that every individual’s experience with grief is unique and we tailor to the individuals needs. 

Bereavement counselling is a form of therapy that provides support and guidance to individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one. It aims to help individuals navigate through their emotions, develop coping strategies, and find ways to honor and remember the deceased.

During bereavement counselling sessions, you can expect to explore your feelings of loss, express your emotions in a safe space, learn coping skills to manage grief, and receive support from a trained therapist.

Bereavement counselling can be beneficial for individuals who are grieving recent losses as well as those who are still struggling with unresolved grief from past losses. It is never too late to seek support for grieving.

While any therapist can offer support, seeing a therapist specializing in grief and bereavement can be particularly beneficial. These therapists have specific training and experience in helping individuals navigate the complexities of grief and loss.
The duration of bereavement counselling varies depending on individual needs and circumstances. Some people may benefit from short-term counselling, while others may require more extended support.

Yes, we provide specialised bereavement counselling for children and families. Our counsellors are trained to work with children and provide age-appropriate support to help them understand and cope with their feelings of loss.

The duration of bereavement counselling can vary depending on individual needs. Our counselling sessions are tailored to address the specific requirements of each individual, and the duration of counselling will be determined based on the progress and needs of the client.

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Do you need to speak to someone about what is going on in your life? Bereavement counselling is offered here at Kay’s Counselling for you to be open about what is going on with you and your life, with the knowledge your therapist won’t judge you.

To book a bereavement counselling session with us, please call or email us to schedule an appointment. We offer flexible scheduling to accommodate your needs.