Grief & Loss
Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss (including job, relocation, or a friend’s distancing). Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.
Grief is a natural human response to loss, but that doesn’t mean bereavement of a loved one isn’t an intense and at times desolate experience. While painful experiences are normal during this time, your emotions may feel trapped on a non-stop roller coaster with downs and deeper downs interspersed with periods of brief respite.
The process of adapting to a loss can be dramatically different from person to person, depending on their background, beliefs, relationship to a person they’ve lost, and other factors.
Experiences of grief can be physical, emotional or social, such as
- 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
- Isolating 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 (or something) else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling can help.
If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact me for a phone or email consultation or to schedule your first appointment.