Grief is not a single event, it is a process. As you progress through your grief you will find that some days you are coping quite well and that on another day you are feeling overwhelmed with sadness. Although grief is a normal response to loss, there are times when help from a professional would be beneficial. Some of the signs which indicate that grief counseling might help are:
Preoccupation with intense longing and yearning for your loved one
Unable to go on with your life
Difficulty performing ordinary tasks
Feeling that life has lost its meaning or that a part of you has died with your loved one
Loss comes in many forms
Death of a loved one
Miscarriage or still birth
Loss of relationship
Loss of a pet
Loss of a job
Loss of health or function
Grief Counseling offers the opportunity to talk about your experience of loss and grief to someone who is there for the sole purpose of listening to your story and to support you at a time when family and friends may be at a loss to know how to help.
Individual Grief Counseling During individual counseling sessions you will have the opportunity to express your feelings and experiences after your loss. You will be met with compassionate understanding and deep listening to help you get in touch with the pain of your grief. With your counselor, you will explore ways to go on with your life and find new hope and meaning. Grief Support Groups Once the pandemic allows it, you might find that a support group with other individuals who have also experienced loss meets your grieving needs more effectively. A grief support group has an experienced facilitator who helps to create a safe, confidential environment where you can experience the support of others on a similar journey.
Grace Tallman is a grief counselor with over 10 years of experience helping people who are grieving to get through this painful period after a loss.
To get in touch with her and get personalized answers to any questions you may have or to book an appointment, go to Astrongeryou.ca for full contact details.