Pained by a loss? Bereavement counselling can support you at this difficult time.

Bereavement counselling in London - phrenology picture

Updated Apr 4, 2022 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr Sheri Jacobson

Bereavement Counselling for Grief & Loss

At some point we all have to face the heartache of losing someone, or something, we care deeply about. We may feel a range of emotions and sensations such as shock, emotional numbness, anger, guilt and regret. We may also feel depressed, exhausted, and slowed down.

The pain of loss can seem so monumental that we can feel we will never recover. Most of us eventually do. But if we struggle to process difficult emotions and don't seek support, grief can potentially cause long-term psychological issues

What are the stages of bereavement, grief and loss?

The first response to a bereavement is usually one of shock and disbelief.

Denial then follows, as we struggle to accept the reality of the loss. You might find yourself re-enacting activities as if nothing has changed, such as making a cup of tea for the person who is no longer with you, or calling their phone. 

These feelings of denial may then progress into feelings of anger and even guilt. Such emotions can manifest in a variety of ways, including blaming others for our loss, becoming easily agitated, and having emotional outbursts.

A period of depression can follow that brings symptoms such as sleepiness, irritability, changes in appetite, physical pains, loss of motivation and social withdrawal. You may feel that life simply does not have a purpose anymore.

Finally, in a healthy cycle of grief, you at some point move to a position of acceptance.  You realise that life must go on. While you may still think about the person or thing that you have lost, these thoughts become less intense and less frequent, allowing you to regain your energy and motivation.

Of course reaching this final stage of grief and bereavement can take considerable time, and is a process that cannot be hurried.

How can counselling & psychotherapy help with bereavement/grief?

Bereavement counselling offers a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to explore any thoughts and feelings you are dealing with, and can be either a short or long-term process. 

Your bereavement counsellor will help you navigate the stages of grief, and can also assist you to develop coping mechanisms that make adjusting to this next stage of your life easier. 

Bereavement counselling services through Harley Therapy™ London

It is not just the death of a loved one that can benefit from bereavement counselling. It can be that you have lost a way of living, a community, a country through war, or a long-held job that gave you a sense of identity. Grief can in some cases also be triggered by losing a deeply valued object, such as a rare, irreplacable item that had been in your family for a long time. 

At Harley Therapy London, our counsellors and psychologists have extensive training and experience in supporting individuals through bereavement. Call us to organise a consultation in one of our London clinics, or book an appointment online.

Desktop - CTA Journalist Tablet - CTA Journalist Mobile - CTA Journalist
close icon


Dr. Sheri Jacobson


If you are a journalist writing about this subject, do get in touch - we may be able to comment or provide a pull quote from a professional therapist.

Click here to confirm you are a journalist

Further reading


close icon


The NHS (National Health Service) is the UK's government run medical service. Their website is written and reviewed by medical experts.

NHS logo


close icon

The UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the UK’s leading organisation for psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. It regulates and registers trained and trainee counsellors.

UKCP logo


close icon

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is an association for UK-based counselling professionals. It supports practitioners, enabling them to provide a better service.

BACP logo


close icon


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the UK’s national radio and TV broadcaster. It’s the world’s largest, with 35,402 staff and 28 operating languages.

THE BBC logo

report link broken or inaccurate


close icon


Mind is a mental health charity covering England and Wales. It offers support to people with mental health problems and lobbies local and national governments.

MIND logo


close icon

Turning Point

Turning Point is a UK charity and social enterprise which works in the mental health, learning disabilities, substance abuse, criminal justice and employment areas.

Turning Point logo


close icon

The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity which helps people to understand, protect and improve their mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation logo


close icon

Young Minds

Young Minds is a UK charity which works to improve the mental health of children and young people by providing appropriate support and resources.

Young Minds logo

report link broken or inaccurate


close icon


Wikipedia is an online encyclopaedia that’s written and maintained by a global volunteer community. It’s the largest-ever reference work and receives 1.7 unique visitors monthly.

Wikipedia logo

How to book your session

Call us now on 0345 474 1724 OR

Book Online Now

All of our practitioners are qualified and accredited with reputable professional associations for counselling and psychotherapy.

close icon



Harley Therapy Ltd. “Bereavement counselling in London • Harley Therapy™”. Harley Therapy, 4 Apr. 2022, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.


Harley Therapy Ltd. (2022, April 4). Bereavement counselling in London • Harley Therapy™. Retrieved from


Harley Therapy Ltd. "Bereavement counselling in London • Harley Therapy™." Last modified April 4, 2022. Accessed August 10, 2022.

Online Therapy and Online Counselling

Video: Video on Bereavement Counselling: 'How to Cope With the Stages of Grief'

Issues for Grief/Loss Counselling

  • Death of a loved one
  • Miscarriage/abortion
  • Personal injury/illness
  • Redundancy
  • Moving home
  • End of relationship
  • Children moving away
5 star ratings since 2006

Issues for Counselling