A parent dying is one of the hardest things that can happen to a young person. It can be really hard to make sense of how you feel.
You might feel sad, confused, scared, angry, guilty, relieved – or a mixture of things. Or you might feel numb and empty. These feelings are called grief. And there’s no right or wrong way to grieve: whatever you’re feeling is OK.
Grief can affect you physically too. You might find it hard to sleep, not have much of an appetite, or have headaches or stomach aches, for example.
We all react differently to someone dying. How you feel might be affected by the relationship you had with your parent, how they died or how your family sees death, for example.
But it’s important to remember that you don’t have to go through this alone. There are lots of places where you can get help and support if you need it. However you’re feeling, things can get better. This page suggests a few things that might help you and places where you can get more support.
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