Grief & Bereavement Counseling
Losing a loved one is a most difficult life-changing experience. Grief and bereavement are life experiences that have the capacity to change and transform us. Although it is safe to say that ALL of us are impacted by grief and loss at some point in our lives, it still is very difficult to talk with others about our deep feelings of grief. Every person will experience grief differently, and many people feel a pressure to “move on” quickly and without much “fuss.” In therapy, your grief and all its deep feelings and expressions are welcomed. Our goal is to better understand you in your grief, and to help you go through your grief in a way that can help you discover new aspects of yourself as we help you through your loss.
When you courageously work through your grief with intention, rather than avoid your grief through distractions, you can allow grief to help you grow and help you live your life with a deeper sense of meaning.
Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.
The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors.
Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.
A few common symptoms in these categories are:
- Crying and sighing
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of sadness and yearning
- Feelings of worry or anger
- Feelings of frustration or guilt
- Feeling detached from others
- Self-isolation from social contact
- Behaving in ways that are not normal for you
Every grieving experience is different. A person may be able to continue their day-to-day routine after one loss, yet not be able to get out of bed after the loss of someone else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.
If you are experiencing grief and want to have support, please contact me today.