Chatting with Julia Samuel - a grief counsellor

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This has been designed for teenagers, young adults and other adults, like teachers, counsellors, parents and other families.

If you’re a younger person, you might find looking at other stories on our website more useful.

Grief can be pretty confusing. On some days it could feel like you’re the only person in the world that can be feeling the way you are. On others, life feels kind of normal.

Tough days, happy days, painful days, typical days.

One person who knows these emotions is Julia Samuel, a psychotherapist and counsellor who has written a best selling book just about that - grief. She has spent much of her life helping young people when someone close to them has died, so we thought it’d be a great idea to sit down with her and chat.

You might find this conversation interesting.

“Pain is the agent of change. By allowing yourself to face the reality of the loss, feel connected and remember the person thats died - you adjust and over time you heal”

—Julia Samuel

We also put questions from you to her in a ‘quick fire round’ which you can see below.

  • Everyone in my family is reacting differently. Is what I am feeling right?
    • My parents keep asking me to take about how I feel, but I don't want to.
    • After five years I can't stop crying. Does it ever get better?