Grief and loss are unavoidable parts of life. Grief is your reaction to the loss of a family member or a friend. Those reactions can range from a deep sadness to anger, guilt and profound longing.
There is no right or wrong way to experience grief, and no “correct” amount of time you should grieve. For some, the process can take weeks, or months. For others, it can take even longer. Everyone’s healing process is different.
Do I need grief counseling?
Grief counseling may be needed when your own healing process seems to have stalled. How do you know when your healing process has slide sideways for too long?
Typically, if your grief has not decreased after about a year, or if your feelings are intruding in other areas of your life, it might be time to consider grief counseling.
Other signs you may need grief counseling include:
- Avoiding any reminders of your loved one
- Bitterness or anger that won’t remit
- Difficulty engaging in happy memories
- Feelings of emptiness or hopelessness
- Intense sadness
- Lack of desire in your personal interests
- Longing or yearning
- Preoccupation with the circumstances surrounding their death
- Preoccupation with the deceased
How does grief counseling work?
Our therapists will help you understand what particular thoughts, events or actions may be prolonging your grief. A formal treatment plan could comprise traditional individual therapy, meditation, relaxation, reflection, memory sharing, or group work.
With the loss of a family member or a friend, it’s often helpful to participate in couples, family, or group counseling. Many can find peace through sharing their thoughts, memories and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental and guided environment.
Know we understand and are are available to help!