Death - Introduction

This section may be helpful to you if:

  • Someone you care about has died
  • Someone you care about is terminally ill
  • Someone you care about has had someone close to them die

picture When a friend or family member dies it's hard to deal with. It can feel scary, confusing, lonely and heartbreaking. These reactions are perfectly normal. There's no right way to grieve, and everyone has different ways of dealing with their feelings.

Some of the things that other young people who lost someone they cared about have experienced are covered in this section. You might or might not experience them. Or you might feel one or all of them in the course of a single day.

Things to remember when learning to live with bereavement: 

  • Although life will be different, you still have your life to live.
  • Everyone grieves in their own way and at their own pace.
  • You will need time and space to grieve.
  • Bereavement is painful, stressful and tiring. Ask for help and support when you need it.

Check out the Finding Help for contact details of organisations, websites and help lines that provide information, advice and support.

Barnardos National Office,
Christchurch Square, Dublin 8

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