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Grief and Bereavement

What is Grief?

"Grief can be difficult and stressful and nearly everybody goes through it at some point in their lives. Despite this, it can be very difficult to predict how we might react to a loss, as it is a very individual process. In most cases, grief is not a diagnosable mental health problem. It is absolutely normal that grief places strain on our everyday lives and it can take a long time to adapt to life after a loss. Even after a long period it is still normal to experience days like the difficult early days after a bereavement, but over a period of time we gradually learn to manage these." - Mind.


Support available for Grief, Loss and Bereavement:

Spectrum Life

  • Spectrum Life is our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is a confidential, neutral service provided by an external company to support colleagues at the University. They provide six sessions of free counselling which can be focussed on grief or loss. 

Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group

  • The University Chaplaincy and Colleague Wellbeing teams have launched a Colleague Grief and Bereavement Group - a support network for colleagues experiencing any form of Grief or Bereavement. The group is a safe space for sharing/listening and practical/reflective activities, rather than a counselling environment. Our first session went very well and we have now set dates for groups at both campuses until the end of the year. Please click here to find out more and register your interest in attending. This group is open to all colleagues regardless of your worldview or religious faith. 

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