Death & BereavementPosted: 1 Mar 2023
This month, we’re focusing on Death and Bereavement, and how we can use games to supplement healing during times of grief and vulnerability.
We’ll be highlighting grief-specific resources to support people, looking at games that explore death in a positive or empathetic way, and host discussions on the links we can draw between games and bereavement.
Death and Bereavement
Bereavement is something that everyone will come across and experience at some point during their lives. And yet, it’s still a topic that causes uncomfortable conversations, and can be considered taboo.
At Safe In Our World we want to embrace these conversations and bring them to the forefront of conversation. Experiencing bereavement and death can have a huge emotional impact on us, and for many people, using games as an outlet or escape is a key part within the process.
Your grief might feel chaotic and out of control, but these feelings will eventually become less intense, you might feel:
- shock and numbness
- overwhelming sadness, with lots of crying
- tiredness or exhaustion
There’s no time limit on grief and this varies hugely person to person, if you’re experiencing bereavement, you’re likely to go through all these stages, but you won’t necessarily move smoothly from one to the next:
- accepting that your loss is real
- experiencing the pain of grief
- adjusting to life without the person who has died
- putting less emotional energy into grieving and putting it into something new
- What’s Your Grief? – Resources and Support
- Sudden Bereavement Helpline UK – 0800 2600 400
- National Bereavement Partnership – 0800 448 0800
- At a Loss
- The Good Grief Trust
- Cruse Bereavement Care – 0808 808 1677 & Online Chat
- HospiceUK – Dying Matters
- Grief Share – (800) 395 5755
- JED Mental Health helplines and resources – 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
- Good Grief – Resources and Support
- De Leo Fund – 800 168 678
We also have a list of global support lines that we’ve collated to support you if you’re in need.