Bereavement Counselling

New Leaf Bereavement Counselling 

When someone close to you dies, it can be devastating. You may be overwhelmed with grief, anger, guilt – so many emotions it can be frightening. Even with helpful and supportive family or friends it can be hard to cope, and sometimes other people don’t know what to say or old family difficulties resurface.

Bereavement counselling is a way of helping you deal with your feelings. At New Leaf, professional counsellors give you the space to express your emotions in a supported way, to talk about the person you have lost and the enormous impact it is having on your life.

Bereavement affects people in different ways, whatever their stage in life. A sense of shock and disorientation, anger, guilt, depression, exhaustion, overwhelming sadness – these are common and there is no right or wrong way to feel.  Experts agree there are four stages of bereavement – accepting that your loss is real; experiencing the pain of grief; adjusting to life without the person who has died; starting to move on – but it is not a smooth transition.

Children grieve differently to adults and it can appear their suffering is not as deep. It is natural for them to switch to play; they may not have the vocabulary to communicate their negative feelings, or may not want to upset you. It is important not to underestimate their loss or to assume a child is too young to be bereaved. At New Leaf counsellors can explore with you how best to help them at times of family grief.

If you would like to find out more about bereavement counselling and how New Leaf can support you in dealing with your loss, professionally qualified counsellors are based across Somerset. We are also very happy to work alongside our favourite Green Funeral Service – Oak Funeral Services.

Oak Funeral Services

Oak Funeral Services is an independent, family-owned company serving the West Somerset area. It provides caring advice on every aspect of burials and cremations, as well as affordable, green and eco-friendly funerals, both contemporary and traditional. A member of the Association of Green Funeral Directors, it supports you all the way, from answering questions about death certificates to choosing an eco-friendly coffin to planning and arranging the funeral.

When Oak discusses your situation initially, it is informal and caring, and there is no need to rush into making decisions or having to make final choices.  The aim is simply to explore your thoughts and feelings, to understand how best to create a funeral with you that reflects the character and life of the person who has died.

Whether you would like a simple and respectful cremation, a woodland burial or perhaps a more traditional or grand occasion, Oak Funeral Services aims to provide a personal and caring service with dignity, compassion and attention to detail.

You can be as involved as much as you wish in planning and holding your farewell, or you can simply ask Oak to look after everything, leaving you free to be with family and friends in your time of need. The company will visit you in your own home if you are unable to go to them, is happy to answer any questions, and is available to talk 24 hours a day. Please call  Jonathan Mees at Oak Funeral Services on 01984 248006 or email [email protected]

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