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 Seeing a professional can proivide support through the emotional turmoil of bereavement

Seeing a professional can proivide support through the emotional turmoil of bereavement

Seeing a professional can proivide support through the emotional turmoil of bereavement

Q I am struggling to deal with my family since my dad died and I feel like I have no choice but to cut ties. I didn't have a happy childhood. I was in hospital a lot and I always felt - and still feel - like the black sheep of the family. My father was my lifeline - he supported me and comforted me.

Things were so bad that sometimes I considered taking my own life. I have never had counselling to deal with any of the issues in my childhood.

Despite all this, I have a good life now - an interesting career, good friends and a family of my own.