Help for Heartbreak
Heartbreak is Bereavement
Is your heart broken?
Have you experienced the end of a romantic partnership?
Do you feel lonely, alone, or like you don't know what to do?
After working with grievers for decades, one thing is certain: the end of a relationship means grief, even when there has been no death.
Having your heart broken is excruciatingly painful. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of depression and suicide, and the pain can have a negative impact on future relationships.
Because we have learnt that grief only occurs after a death, however, we often don't seek help for our loss - we may feel embarrassed to ask or we've been discouraged by unhelpful comments.
People don't know what to say
Even with the best intentions, most people do not know how to comfort us after heartbreak. You may have already heard some of the following:
"Don't worry, there are plenty of other fish in the sea."
"It could always be worse."
"Don't you think it's time to move on?"
"You should start going out more and meeting new people."
Finally, a new way of looking at heartbreak
Once you've realised that heartbreak means bereavement, you can start giving yourself the compassion and support that a bereavement deserves. Even though most people do not seek help for breakups, it is important for so many reasons. Here are just a few:
Long-term symptoms of grief, including depression and physical illness
Decreased concentration and an inability to focus at work, while driving, or while spending time with friends and family
Negative impact on future relationships because you're still carrying emotional pain
Difficulty finding new relationships ("I'll never date again")
Find support for your unique situation
Our Specialists can work with you individually or in a group setting, listening without judgement or analysis. Learn the tools for moving on from heartbreak and use these tools whenever a future loss occurs. Click here to find your nearest Specialist.
Our free eBook provides a quick overview of loss.
Our books provide more in-depth knowledge and background information on bereavement and the end of relationships.
Help yourself through heartache and learn how to help others at the same time at one of our training events.