Loss of a loved one is painful for most people. This time often presents difficulties in understanding one's own feelings, reactions, and relationships with others. Well meaning friends and relatives often are not able to provide the support and understanding that are sometimes needed to help someone work through the death of someone important to them.
I have more than 20 years experience in bereavement counseling: assisting people to develop an understanding of the various challenges in their grieving such as self-blame, anger, abandonment, role loss, and survivor guilt.
I understand that bereavement sets its own timetable in each of the losses that we sustain. It offers no neatly packaged closure and no perky platitudes will lessen the suffering that comes with it.