Oxford Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is Grief and Bereavement?

Grief - is the normal process of reacting to loss. Grief reactions may be felt in response to physical losses (for example, a death, or bereavement) or in response to symbolic or social losses (for example, divorce or loss of a job).

Each type of loss means the person has had something taken away. As a family goes through a cancer illness, many losses are experienced, and each triggers its own grief reaction. .

Bereavement - the grief processes depend on the relationship with the person who died, the situation surrounding the death, and the person's attachment to the person who died.

Grief may be described as the presence of physical problems, constant thoughts of the person who died, guilt, hostility, and a change in the way one normally acts.


“By helping me to see things in a different way, and put things into perspective.”

Sept 2015

The Mental, Physical and Social or Emotional Reactions to Grief and Bereavement

Mental reactions can include:
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Despair

Physical reactions can include:

  • Sleeping problems
  • Changes in appetite
  • Physical problems
  • Illness

Social reactions can include:

  • Feelings about taking care of others in the family
  • Seeing family or friends
  • Returning to work

CBT Treatment for Grief or Bereavement

A therapist can give you time and space to talk about your feelings, including the person who has died, your relationship, family, work, fears and the future. You can have access to a bereavement counsellor at any time, even if the person you lost died a long time ago.

Don't be afraid to talk about the person who has died. People in your life might not mention their name because they don't want to upset you. But if you feel you can't talk to them, it can make you feel isolated.
Contact us to book a session of CBT for grief or bereavement.