Your life is forever changed.
At times you may wonder: How does life go on all around me?
It is as if the world doesn’t know that someone significant is gone.
Feelings Associated with Grief & Loss
You may experience acute feelings that range from sadness, heartache, grief and deep sorrow. Other times you may feel loneliness, hopelessness, anxiety, depression or fear. You may be struggling to manage the emotional ups and downs that are a normal part of grief. At times you may feel like your emotions are out of control.
Types of Loss
Whether you are coping with the death of a loved one, miscarriage, pet loss, divorce, separation or relationship loss, illness or disability, infertility, job loss or any other type of loss, there is help. Grief Counseling can offer a place of support and comfort while helping you find your place in the world again.
Grief Counseling Can Help
It is a brave and courageous act to seek support during a challenging time. I encourage you to recognize that you don’t have to be alone in your pain. Grief counseling can help you process your feelings.
As your therapist, I am here to bear witness to your loss and offer a gentle and kind presence of compassion and understanding. My intention is to make space so you can tell the story of your loss and to respect your resilience and strength. I too have experienced grief and loss in my life and although our losses may be different, I truly understand.
No Right or Wrong Way to Grieve
In the course of life it is normal for every one of us to experience loss. However as a counselor I recognize that the experience of grief and loss is unique to each person, just as your way of grieving is specific to you. While some find comfort in talking about their loss with friends or family, others focus on work and find solace in staying busy, while not being able to talk about their loss at all. We also know that there is not a right or wrong way to express grief. Each person expresses grief in his/her own way.
A Society that Struggles with Navigating Loss
Many losses you may experience go unrecognized by our society. Sometimes we ourselves do not recognize that indeed we are suffering from loss. No wonder you feel sad. Some of these losses may include:
- Cancer diagnosis
- Loss of a relationship
- Loss of a pet
- Loss of a job
These types of losses can be made even more difficult because of society’s tendency not to acknowledge that such losses also incur grief.
Grief Counseling Integrates Your Loss into Your Life in a Positive Way
Our culture professes that we need to get over things and move on. However we now know that the idea of closure no longer applies. Instead, we focus on integrating your loss into your life in a positive way that adds meaning and recognizes the special place that person will always hold for you, the eternal influence he/she had and continues to have on your life, while making space for memories and the importance of that person.
All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story or tell a story about them, said writer Isak Dinesen. When loss is a story, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no pressure to move on. There is no shame in intensity or duration. Sadness, regret, confusion, yearning and all the experiences of grief become part of the narrative of love for the one who died.
Traumatic Loss (see Rapid Resolution Therapy)
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