Grief & Bereavement

Grief is our emotional response to loss and is a natural way of responding to the death or loss of someone we loved or were close to. Given time and care, most people will ultimately learn to cope and come to terms with the loss. During the grieving process, it is normal for people to experience a variety of intense emotional stages, for example, shock, sadness, tearfulness, loneliness, denial, anger, guilt, regret, depression, and acceptance.

As people begin to come to terms with their loss the intensity of these emotions gradually subsides. Bereavement is a term used to describe the feelings we experience when we lose someone close to us. It can be one of the most terrible experiences that people will have in life. The period of the bereavement process will differ for each person. There is no right or wrong length of time for grief, it may be a few months, a year or two, and some people may never come to terms with their loss.

I understand that it can be difficult to know when to seek professional help but if this sounds like your experience, then I can help. I am trained in several approaches. The approach used will be discussed and decided during your initial consultation. I offer a friendly, professional, ethical service, operating in two safe and supportive environments.

Symptoms of grief

It is common for grief to produce physical symptoms. Even simple, everyday things like getting up in the morning may become a huge task, some common symptoms of grief can include-

  • Overwhelming tiredness and exhaustion
  • Aches and pains, eg. headaches, backache, neck pain, rib and chest pain
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Loss of appetite
  • Comfort eating
  • Sleep disorder
  • Concentration problems
Counsellor Chelmsford
Beth O'Sullivan Counselling

Should I see a counsellor?

It is possible to become stuck at any point of the grieving process and these unresolved emotions can lead to more complex issues. This is different to the ‘healthy depression’, which is a natural part of grieving for our loss. Feeling depressed can have a negative impact on your relationships and your everyday life. Seeing a counsellor can help you complete the grief process.


If you would like to arrange an initial consultation in either Chelmsford or Archway (North London), please contact me by phone, text or email and I will get back to you within 24 hours to arrange a suitable appointment.

Call 07715820743