Bereavement and loss
Dealing with the loss of someone close to you can be a very difficult and upsetting process. Bereavement is an individual experience, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. During these times it’s important to remember that you are not alone.
Who can I talk to for support?
There are lots of different avenues for support when you’re dealing with a bereavement. It’s natural to feel isolated and you may find you don’t want to ask for help but it’s important to try and remain open and talk to people about what you’re going through. Below are a few examples of different groups that can offer you support during this difficult time.
|Service||What they offer|
|The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Centre||The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy centre has a number of Chaplains who are available to talk to about things that are on your mind and in your heart. You don’t have to be of a particular faith to speak to Chaplain, however you can choose to book an appointment with a Chaplain of a specific tradition: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Your Senior or Personal Tutor||It’s important to let the people in your department know what you are going through so they can support you and make reasonable adjustments in your time of need. There’s more information below about what happens with your studies when you are dealing with a bereavement.|
|Imperial College Union Advice Centre||The advisors are able to offer free, confidential and impartial advice on a whole host of issues, including any concerns you might have about your wellbeing. Imperial College Union is a separate organisation from the College and you can book an appointment online here.|
|Student Counsellors||If things aren’t getting any better and you need further support, you can make an appointment with the Counselling Service. You will be offered a therapeutic session with a counsellor where you can talk things through and discuss whether counselling is the right option for you. You can request an initial meeting here.|
|Your doctor||If you’re concerned about your health and wellbeing and need to speak to someone quickly, we advise you make an appointment with your local doctor. If you are registered with at the Imperial College Health Centre, you can get in touch here.|
|Friends and family||It's important to talk to the network of people around you who want to support you through this difficult time. Try not to isolate yourself from people who are close to you, don't be afraid to talk about how you're feeling and make time to see people you care about.|
What about my studies?
If you are dealing with a bereavement the College has support mechanisms in place to help you navigate your studies alongside taking the time you need to come to terms with your loss.
- You can talk to your Personal Tutor or Senior Tutor if you need to take some time away from College or if you've missed classes and need to catch up.
- If you have assessed work or exams which have been affected by your bereavement you can submit mitigating circumstances to your department. The Imperial College Union Advice Centre can guide you through the process of submitting mitigating circumstances and are an impartial and confidential service.