It is painful to lose someone or something that you love or care about deeply. Often you can be overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions and it feels like the pain and the sadness may never end. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief. It is important to note that there is no right or wrong way to grieve or a set time when grieving should end. Experiencing grief is a natural response to loss and only by moving through the grief process can we heal. Grief counseling helps individuals by guiding them through the grief process and providing them with healthy ways to cope.
What are Common Losses We Grieve?
- Loss of a significant person
- Loss of an unborn baby
- Loss of a pet
- Loss of a significant relationship
- Loss of your health or someone else’s
- Loss of a job
- Loss of financial stability
- Loss of a cherished dream
- Loss of a family home
When Might Grief Counseling Be Needed?
Grief counseling is recommended for individuals who are having trouble moving through the difficult stages of grief after a loss. Most people who seek grief counseling do so because their grief is:
- Causing intense guilt or depression
- Interfering with their daily activities
- Causing relationship problems
- Interfering with goals and achievements
What are the Benefits of Grief Counseling?
- Emotional support in a safe and non-judgmental environment
- The opportunity to heal through sharing your story
- Coping skills to help you through the grief journey
- Increased understanding of how children and other family members react to loss
- Permission to grieve and permission to live a happy productive life