Loss Grief and Bereavement Counselling

The effects of loss and grief can make us feel like our lives have been turned upside down, and it can affect other areas of our lives, such as our own health, work, and relationships.

Left unchecked, the effects of grief can also lead to problems like depression, guilt, and anger. For those who experience bereavement and grief, it can sometimes feel like they are all alone, but help is available.

David provides specialist grief and bereavement counselling in Manchester and Online to support those dealing with life difficulties related to loss and grief. .

Bereavement Counselling in Manchester and Online

Grief is a specific kind of loss that involves the loss of those closest to us. The experience of losing someone significant is often accompanied by a range of emotions, including sadness, denial, anger, blame (including ourselves), and depression. . Grief can be devastating, whether it’s to a family member, partner, friend or pet.

For some people, the grieving process can take months or even years. It is important to remember that bereavement affects everyone differently and there is no right or wrong way to deal with bereavement as it can be a painful process.

However, if left untreated, bereavement can lead to other difficulties, such as depression, insomnia, anxiety, anger, and even addiction or alcohol problems. Grief and loss also often make everyday life difficult, affecting our work, health and hobbies, and even disrupting our relationships.

Grief Counselling For Other Types Of Loss

In addition to the loss of a loved one due to bereavement, there can be other forms of loss to grieve. This may include the end of a relationship, loss of a job, a move to a new place, or deterioration in our own or someone we care about, physically or mentally.

Loss and grief can also occur when one’s health changes and we are no longer able to do the things we used to do, whether because of old age, an accident, or a change in one’s physical or mental psyche.

Similar to bereavement, these forms of loss can lead to depression, anxiety, insomnia, worry, anger, and other difficulties that may affect daily life or otherwise express themselves.

Bereavement Counselling & Therapy

Here at David Peak Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you understand and develop tools to effectively manage and overcome Bereavement and Grief

Skilled at integrating a range of psychotherapy techniques into your therapy so we can tailor our strategies to best suit your needs and your situation to help you recover and stay better for longer. Appointments can be individual, with partners or with family to suit your needs. 

We also offer online therapy via Skype and Zoom for those unable to make it to our clinic to see us or who wish to continue their therapy while away.

When you lose a loved one, you suffer real pain.   The same areas light up on a scan of a bereaved person’s brain as do in the brain of a person who is in pain after a physical injury.  

Part of your mental model of the world by which you used to steer your course through life is suddenly lost forever, and with that loss the model becomes invalid, temporarily.   You are robbed of one of the fixed points of your compass, and at this time some people may find their belief in their own security is threatened.   It can be a terrifying experience as well as a painful one.   During your period of mourning you create a different model of the world, now without the deceased person in it;which you can use going forward, by which you can steer your future course through life with a new confidence.

Loss Grief and Bereavement Counselling

The effects of bereavement and loss can be emotionally devastating, whether due to loss of a loved one, or change of your own circumstances that means a loss of your own ability. In spite of this, there is help and support available.

We offer a range of talking therapies and counselling approaches to help deal with grief and loss. This includes specialist bereavement counselling and counselling for other forms of grief to help with all aspects of loss and change.

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The counselling was really great, and I was even put in contact with a person who would support me with my inquiry at work, and represent me if needed. Having professional support in this matter took such a load off my mind.



There is no fixed period of time, after which mourning should be over.   We are all individuals and the time we need to reconcile ourselves to the death of a loved one is different for everybody.   But if you are still unable to function in the world with some degree of comfort after three months, or if you become anxious and/or depressed on anniversaries you shared with your loved one… their birthday, the day they died, Christmas, the anniversary of your wedding, etc. some people would call this unresolved grief, and you should seek help you to get the mourning process moving again, because it might be getting stuck.

My approach to helping people whose mourning process is stuck is to look at what is stopping it moving forward.   Is it the fear of having to navigate the world without them?   Is it a sense of inadequacy?   Does this come from learned helplessness?   Is it guilt or shame?   Is the past still alive and well and living in the present?   Is it financial insecurity?   Once I find where the survivor’s reluctance to let go comes from, I help them to come to terms first with the difficulty, then with the loss of their loved one.

My approach to bereavement is very similar to my approach to other dis-eases: to help my client to accept the things they cannot change, to help them change the things they can and, most importantly,to help them understand which things can be changed and which things can’t.

Get In Touch

As always please see links for other pages on this website, and if you need to talk about your own personal experiences or would like to arrange to see a counsellor in Manchester or Online, then please leave me a message on the contact form or give me a call. 

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