The stroke Journey Dying matters Dying matters Stroke is the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK. If you have recently lost a loved one to stroke, it affects everyone differently. Grieve in your own time and in your own way. Your health At a time when you are low and vulnerable, it is important to look after your own health. This may seem selfish and unnecessary, but is nevertheless important. Many people find that they suffer from a host of minor illnesses during a time of grieving and sometimes the symptoms may remind them of the illness suffered by the person they have lost. This can cause unnecessary worry and you should seek help and advice if this happens to you. Outside help Many people have sufficient support from family and friends. Some people, however, feel the need for someone else to talk to or may prefer to talk to someone outside their social circle and their local healthcare professional. There are a number of local bereavement support groups that you may wish to contact, including Cruse Bereavement Care and the Samaritans.