With life comes that long, difficult painful process of finding & developing life beyond loss.
– Kenneth Doka
Everyone experiences loss at some point in their life & everyone grieves differently. Bereavement and Grief are profound issues. There is no time limit to grief; it takes as long as it takes. The painful emotions of grief can be overwhelming & affect your day to day functioning. You feel exhausted, sad, frustrated, scared, & unsure how to navigate your situation. You may experience an emotional roller coaster which can also affect you physically as well. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both are profound issues which encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.
The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors. Grief symptoms can affect your emotional, physical, psychological and social functioning.
Recovering from loss might be the hardest work you ever do & grief takes time. There is no fast track to healing. It is beneficial to get professional help because the intense feelings & thoughts that you have not experienced before might provoke memories of previous losses. Once a loved one passes away many people feel empty & feel like there is a void in them.
Grief is the price of love. The greater the love the deeper the grief. When you experience love, it fills a space in you & when you lose that person it leaves a huge void. This loss of love can feel devastating. It can be difficult to know how to cope with the pain of your loss, how to begin the healing process, or where to turn for support as you attempt to discover your “new normal.”
Friends & family will start to move on with their own lives after some time. That is why it is so helpful to work with a Psychotherapist who will listen without judgement, offer support, encouragement & help you navigate the changes & challenges you are going through. Reflecting on your life & loss at this time can prove to be very healing & can help you in many ways that you did not expect.
Every grieving experience is unique and personal. 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 else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling after loss have been proven to help with your recovery process.
Grief & Bereavement affects everyone differently & there are many types of grief. You are not alone in this process & I can help you heal.