How long grief re­ally lingers for

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TWO years, one month and four days is the av­er­age amount of time it takes to feel bet­ter fol­low­ing the death of a loved one.

Bri­tish hos­pice char­ity Sue Ry­der says talk­ing about be­reave­ment has a big im­pact on how long it takes peo­ple to feel more pos­i­tive fol­low­ing the death of a loved one.

The char­ity says a quar­ter of peo­ple say they bot­tle up their feel­ings, which then catch up with them at a later date.

The Sue Ry­der sur­vey found that those who do not have any sup­port grieve, on av­er­age, for an ad­di­tional eight months, three weeks and five days.

The char­ity, which sur­veyed 1800 peo­ple, found one in six said they felt like no one knew what they were go­ing through while one in 10 said they were em­bar­rassed to ad­mit they were up­set.

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