Journaling and Therapy & Counselling: some tools to help you manage your grief

Lily of the Valley

We often get asked what tools we recommend to help individuals and families to manage their grief. Whilst it is a very natural part of the healing process, it can feel extremely tough to cope with and is a highly personal experience. It is often associated with a range of emotions, from anger to sadness, to guilt and shock. It has no set timeline and no clear path, so it is important to be kind to yourself at such a challenging time and to surround yourself with the right people and support.

Here are two of our top recommendations:


Keeping a grief journal can be a therapeutic way to express emotions and thoughts. Writing about your feelings, or memories of the person that has died can lead to some clarity and can help to open up conversations that may otherwise be left unspoken. Journaling can help you to process your grief and track your emotional journey over time.

Therapy & Counselling

Seeking professional help from a counsellor can provide you with the tools and strategies to navigate your grief journey. They can help you process your emotions, identify coping mechanisms, and work through complex feelings.

How can CPJ Field help?

With many years of experience in helping bereaved families, we understand how to support people, and put kindness and compassion as our top priorities when looking after families who use our funeral services. Our Never Alone programme, is also a rich resource for where to turn to for support at times of emotional need. Launched in 2018, CPJ Field’s Never Alone programme seeks to provide community initiatives designed to help tackle loneliness and build links between people and their local communities, signposting and providing resources to help with bereavement, grief and other emotional and practical needs. It is available across all our funeral homes and you can find out more by visiting www.never-alone.co.uk

For a more comprehensive guide on tools to help you manage grief, please see our dedicated guide.

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