Bereavement in Consett, Durham, Newcastle, and the North East

Psychotherapy for Bereavement, Consett, Durham, Newcastle, Darlington, covering the North East

Help and support for bereavement in Consett, bereavement in Durham, bereavement in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the North East.


Definition of bereavement is the loss of a beloved person or a treasured thing. When suffering loss of any kind it is natural for individuals to feel grief, sad or unhappy. This loss can be related to a work opportunity, a material object, strange as it may sound it can be generated by the thought of growing older. These can all create feelings of sorrow, loneliness, helplessness, and they can all be classed as a form of bereavement. Although the word bereavement is generally only associated with death, the feeling and consequences to the health and well-being of an individual can be created through loss in other ways. It all depends upon how much importance to their life, the individual suffering with grief, attached to the person or thing that is no longer available to them.


Bereavement or loss creates intense emotions and feeling which have been observed to follow a pattern. Initially there is often a numbness … a sense of not knowing what to do, listless, no enthusiasm. This can last for hours, days, weeks, often enabling the person to function and get through the first period of loss. If the feelings persist for too long then they can become a health issue.


Often following this numbness is a strong ‘yearning’ and thinking that convinces the people suffering the loss that they have seen the person, animal or object; or perhaps they forget the loss and still anticipate seeing the person, animal, or having the experience. If it is work related, the person could still think they have a work role, get up and go to their place of work, without realising things have changed.


Anger or agitation usually shows up at some stage where the person finds it difficult to concentrate, relax or sleep. Guilt arises at this time where thoughts dwell on arguments, circumstances expressed or not expressed. This then usually gives way to periods of intense sadness, silence and withdrawal from family and friends. At this time emotions can strike without warning and outbursts of tears are a form of release.


It is true that time does heal. It is all a matter of degree. Eventually most people realise that they have to live their lives; they find their way to cope with the loss, and move on. However, many people suffer in the periods of bereavement for too long, or they trap themselves in their thinking, loosing their reason to live. It is dealing with these issues that we can help.


At Mind For Life we have a unique programme that has helped many people who have suffered loss, enabling them to come to terms with their loss and revitalise their lives with new opportunities. The corner-stone of the programme is the in-house development of the iCBT process, which is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. iCBT aims to help clients to deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by educating the client through structured workbook reading and written exercises. It provides structured education and the latest understanding on how the human mind works. iCBT includes unique techniques to control and eliminate negative thoughts, teaching meditation, and how to reset past traumas, providing guidance to beneficially change behaviour.


We do not have any magic formulas or special powers, we do not tell people how to live their lives …what we do is guide, teach, support, and encourage; if the client fully participates in the programme, then they will develop enthusiasm and curiosity about this Earth Experience, valuing health.  Every person who has fully participated in the programme has created new opportunities in their lives … without exception.


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