Coping with Loss
A third year university student from Kenilworth, who lost her father at the age of 12, is now campaigning to help others cope with grief and bereavement.
Raveena Nandra has struggled to come to terms with the death of her father and wants to encourage others to talk about people who have passed.
The 22-year-old has teamed up with Fixers to make a film documenting the seven stages of grief to help young people who have struggled with losing a loved one.
'My father suddenly passed away aged 42 of a heart attack. It made me feel like my whole world had fallen apart.
'I was daddy's girl and I felt like I lost my best friend.
'I made little things up in my mind to make me believe he's still here. I felt I had to be strong for my mum and that I had to throw myself in to my education to make my dad proud.
'It was hard to talk about my dad.'
Raveena has recently started attending specialist counselling sessions to help talk about the loss of her father.
‘I have now realised that maybe I didn’t get the support that I needed to be able to grieve properly.
‘When I was younger I do wish we’d spoken about it more, however, it is such a painful topic to talk about. We were afraid to talk about my dad as a family. It’s important we allow ourselves to remember the person that we have lost.
‘Now it has hit me that I haven’t been able to grieve properly and now I need to seek help for myself.’
Raveena hopes to organise talks at schools, colleges and universities to discuss the ongoing healing process and ways to deal with bereavement.
‘I hope by doing this project it will help others who have experienced loss. The more we can be open about our grief the better we will feel.’
Raveena is currently on placement at Springfield Mind.
Hear from others affected by this issue. Click to read their stories.