People deal with bereavement in different ways; there is no normal or “right way”. The range of emotions you may experience can occur immediately after someone has died or sometimes not for weeks or months afterwards.

Many people also have physical symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, palpitations, poor concentration or weight loss. These are not uncommon but if they continue it is important to speak to someone.

Advice is also available following a bereavement if you need help with practical tasks such as removing someone’s name from mailing lists or informing other agencies or organisations. You might also be eligible for bereavement benefits which are payable following the death of a spouse or civil partner.