The death of a significant person has a profound impact on a person’s state of mind and emotions. A bereaved person usually experiences a range of difficult emotions and needs time to adjust to what has happened.

Coming to terms with loss is never easy and it can be particularly difficult if you are living away from home, friends or family for the first time as well as facing new academic and social pressures.

While each person’s experience of grief is unique, common emotional responses include

shock and disbelief
deep sadness
guilt and regret
anger and envy
loneliness and depression

What you can do

Seek support from friends and family as well support at Hallam (Student Wellbeing and the Multifaith Chaplaincy). A listening ear can be invaluable at such a time.

Letting your course tutors know what has happened will help them understand if your course work is suffering and may enable assignment extensions to be granted.

External support agencies

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Support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a national helpline and local services, and a website and freephone helpline specifically for children and young people.

Helpline – 0844 477 9400
Bereavement advice centreThere are many practical issues to manage when someone dies. Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.

Phone – 0800 634 9494

Self-help organisation that aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings

Helpline – 0300 111 5065
Compassionate Friends

Bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of others who have suffered the death of a child/children.

Helpline – 0845 123 2304