Understanding feelings and emotions following the loss of Queen Elizabeth II

 

Following the recent news of the death of Her Majesty, The Queen, many people will be in mourning for lots of reasons linked to her death. To help to understand these feelings and their possible causes the information below which draws from the CRUSE bereavement charity may be helpful.

Empathy

The Royal family has lost a much-loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, so it may be that you are feeling sad for them and her other relatives and friends.  It can be surprising to grieve for someone you never met, but there are many reasons you, and millions of others across the country, and indeed globally, could be affected.

She was a person you greatly admired and feel as though you knew her personally

The Queen has been in the country’s service for 70 years. For many of us, we do not know life without her.  She has been a constant presence, and a role model to many.  The Queen was one of the most famous people in the world, respected around the globe and the feature of newspapers almost daily.  Seeing her regularly, it is understandable that many people will feel a personal connection.

Personal experiences

Memories of your own bereavements can be triggered, or perhaps The Queen was admired by someone you have lost.  Her Majesty may have reminded you of someone you knew.

A different world

Despite her age, many of us took the presence of The Queen almost for granted, considering her part of the landscape.  It was only a few short days ago that we saw her welcome a new Prime Minister to the country.  Big changes such as these can not only be a shock, they can also make us feel vulnerable and less safe.

It is difficult to avoid

The Queen has been in the country’s newspapers, with TV and radio stations all taking about The Queen, the imminent funeral, and her life.  Social media is filled with posts, churches are tolling their bells and supermarkets are playing sedate music, or nothing at all.  This can be difficult to deal with, particularly if you are already feeling vulnerable.

How to support yourself

Everyone will be affected differently by the news of Her Majesty, The Queen’s death, and it could be particularly hard if you are going through a bereavement of your own.

– Allow yourself to be sad, for The Queen and her family, but also for what you and the nation has lost.

– Talk to people. There may be others that have been affected, so look for places where people can share their feelings, such as a church or somewhere there may be a book of condolence.

– Find ways to remember Her Majesty. Think of your own memories of The Queen, what she meant to your, and possibly your family.

– Take a break. The news can be overwhelming so perhaps take a walk, switch off the media and enjoy some time without it.

 

For further information on bereavement support services available in North East Lincolnshire, visit www.standrewshospice.com/how_we_can_help/bereavement-support or telephone 01472 25062

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