CB Counselling Services

INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLING IN GREAT DENHAM, BEDFORD & ONLINE

CAROLINE BYGRAVE - DIP.COUNS.REG.MBACP

Bereavement counselling

Bedford counselling for grief and loss. Helping people to understand, to explore and manage their emotions and to build back a life that includes grief, but is not consumed by it.

I provide bereavement counselling in-person in the Bedford area (Great Denham), online and over the telephone.

Bereavement and grief affect people differently. There is no right or wrong way to feel and your emotions can alter quickly in a short space

of time. Bereavement is an emotionally traumatic and highly individual

experience. One of the frustrations of living with grief and learning to

cope with loss is understanding that the re-building process does not follow a predictable path and there is no normal timetable.

One step forward; two steps back is how some people describe

living with loss. The way I try to explain it is like this. Time does not

diminish the impact or scale of any loss. But time does allow you to build and grow a life around it, such that the new spaces you create provide room for fulfilment, while being able to manage the sense of loss which will never completely go away.

Intensity of emotions connected to bereavement and loss

Intense feelings of anger, guilt, fear or relief can be hard to come to terms with. Grief can come in waves. Certain events or dates in the calendar may trigger an onset of strong emotions. Bereavement counselling may provide an opportunity to explore your emotional responses and help you manage your way through difficult times.

Types of bereavement

  1. Sudden and unexpected loss
  2. Expected loss following a period of ill health
  3. Death of a child or someone younger than you

I also help third parties affected by a traumatic experience. For example, survivors of a road traffic accident or witnesses to a life-changing event. Survivor’s guilt is an acknowledged condition of people connected to a trauma and I can help here too.

How can you help yourself?

A lot of people I meet have tried to self-manage their way through bereavement and it is possible to do. There are several positive actions that you can take to help live with loss and these include:

  1. Look after your physical health
  2. Maintain interests and hobbies
  3. Be kind to yourself
  4. Plan ahead so you can be ready for difficult calendar dates
  5. Seek professional help if you are not making the progress you want

Life brings many challenges, and it is understandable that at times we might look for support in facing them. As a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you on your journey of self-discovery; to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.


I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.


My approach to therapy is a person-centred one. This is a non-judgmental way of working, where the counsellor creates the right conditions to help someone increase their self-awareness; to move towards - and reach - their fullest potential.

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Get in touch about bereavement counselling in Bedford and also online.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how bereavement counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.


You can also call me on 07525 346998 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

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