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
  • emptiness
  • anxiety

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

Bereavement Advice Centre
There 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. Helpline – 0800 634 9494

Cruse Bereavement Care
Support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. They offer face-to-face, group and telephone support. Helpline – 0844 477 9400

Help Is At Hand
Support after someone may have died by suicide including practical advice, emotional support and helping someone else.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Self-help organisation that aims to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings. Helpline – 0300 111 5065

The Compassionate Friends
Bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of others who have suffered the death of a child or children. Helpline – 0845 123 2304