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Grief and Bereavement Counseling
Loss brings uncertainty, even if the loss is anticipated or planned. People grieve
over many things: death of a loved one, broken relationships, job loss,
infertility, financial distress, loss of health, lost hopes and dreams. No two
people grieve in the same way.
Each person’s story, style of mourning, and the way grief is experienced are
unique to that individual. Yet, the emotions that accompany loss follow a
universal pattern. The experience of loss signals a time of re-evaluation. It
creates a void and necessitates a restructuring and reorganization of one’s life.
Many people feel isolated and alone in their grief. Creating a safe place to
acknowledge the loss and talk without censoring is an essential part of a
healthy grieving process. Counseling can help individuals understand normal
grief reactions and find meaning in their grief experiences.
The act of speaking without having to suppress thoughts and feelings
promotes healing. This can provide an outlet for the overwhelming emotions
that inevitably accompany grieving.
Counseling provides support in navigating through the difficult, dark emotions;
transforming grief to gratitude, fear to joy, and despair to faith.
- Acknowledging the loss and accepting it.
- Giving time to grief and it’s expression.
- Identifying and expressing feelings of anger, guilt, fear, anxiety, sorrow.
- Assisting in overcoming obstacles that prevent one from letting go and
readjusting to life.
- Identifying the normal continuum of grief and education about typical
- Allowing for individual differences.
- Exploration of defenses and coping mechanisms.
- Cultivation of self-compassion.
- Making meaning of one’s suffering.
“Healing from grief is not the process of forgetting. It is the process of
remembering with less pain and more joy”.
- Author Unknown
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