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Bereavement affects people in different ways. Bereavement counselling may be able to provide you with support during very difficult times. Talking about a loss often allows you to adjust to your new life with all its changes, good and bad. It's important to have support during the grieving process, and to try to come to terms with the initial shock and subsequent feelings.

Your GP may be able to help by referring you to counselling or other support services. Sometimes it's easier to talk to someone over the phone; you can contact We Can Talk on 0800 0527350 or access local services at Middlesbrough Mind and Teesside Samaritans.

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