Grief is a natural process following a meaningful loss and it can influence physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual aspects of our lives. Grief is most associated with the death of a loved one but can also occur with the loss of a pet, job, relationship, the loss of a sense of security, and changes in your own health. People cope with grief in a variety of ways. Some might find it helpful to talk openly and others may prefer time alone. The intensity and duration of grieving can also differ between individuals.
“We grieve not only what we have lost, but everything that was to come.”
Therapy is a safe place to express and explore your feelings. As an advanced grief specialist, I will help you learn to cope and transform your pain into healthier ways of meaning and remembrance. Through therapy you will find permission to live your life and develop connection again.
Grief is a natural process that most people experience following a meaningful loss. Although everyone copes with grief differently, many navigate the process in varying stages. Often, people find the grieving process to be more manageable with the assistance of a psychotherapist. An important approach to grief is to find the meaning that the loss has to your life in a greater context. Through this search for meaning, you will find permission to live your life and find connection.
Grief is not only associated with the death of a loved one. In fact, it can occur at the loss of a pet, a job, a sentimental inanimate object, or even an intangible idea. Regardless of the object of your grief, the feelings and emotions that you experience following your loss are very real. You’ll go through stages of grief that help you cope with your loss. Those stages may include denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need grief therapy?
You may need grief therapy if you are at any stage in the grieving process and having difficulty coping. It is not only for recent losses but rather for people who are still coping with feelings of deep sorrow or despair over a loss. Grief therapy is especially beneficial for those who have grief that interferes with normal, day-to-day life.
What should I expect during grief counseling?
Grief therapy is different for everyone; but put simply, it is a safe place to express your feelings to an experienced therapist who understands the processes you are going through. Grief therapy is often comforting to those who may have felt like they are taking too long to heal or process a loss. You’ll have the undivided attention of a person who will not judge you, but rather will encourage you to grieve for as long as you need to in order to achieve healing as we search for the meaning of your loss.
What happens after I completed grief therapy?
The grief process is ongoing and may not necessarily end when you no longer need care. Grief therapy is not meant to stop the pain of grief, and it cannot bring back a loved one. It can, however, provide you with helpful tips for adjusting to and moving forward with your new life despite your loss. This may include learning a new skill, picking up a new hobby, exercising, meditating, finding connection with others, or even pursuing something you’ve always wanted to do or even something your loved one enjoyed.