The time that immediately follows a death can be a roller coaster ride. Family and friends rally around, the telephone does not stop ringing with messages of support and the morning post brings cards and letters of sympathy. There is often no time to focus on your own grief.
You may find it encouraging to know that many bereaved people bounce back into a fulfilling and meaningful life. Their stories are often very moving but show the extraordinary resilience of human nature. The road to new life is long and bumpy but it can start today, there is help at hand and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The first time for any new event tends to bring with it a higher level of anxiety than otherwise would be. The first exam results, the first date, the first day at work, and many others, were all quite anxious occasions yet probably with hindsight you wonder what all the fuss was about.READ MORE