‘After my husband died suddenly, I met a man at a bereavement group’

Question: I have just returned to Ireland after living abroad for almost three years. My husband died suddenly in his early 30s just over five years ago. I suffered a dreadful bereavement which resulted in a short stay in a psychiatric hospital. My family and in-laws were all delighted when I suggested that I would move abroad for a period of time to rest and find solace.

I took leave from work, rented the house out and left home for what was initially meant to be a one-year break away. I travelled for a short time and then found a nice apartment by the sea in the South of France. I was due to return to work in April, 2020, but at the beginning of the pandemic I was able to negotiate home-working with my boss, which meant that I was able to extend my stay. Whilst living in France I attended a bereavement group where I met a man in a very similar situation to mine, his wife had just died.

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