Grief and Loss Therapy
Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural emotional response to loss.
The reasons for grief are many, such as the loss of someone you care for, the loss of health, a relationship, a job, a home or the letting go of a long-held dream. Grief is unique for each individual and is influenced by many diverse factors. The experience of grief involves many unfamiliar changes and can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming and isolating.
You may struggle with questions that seemingly have no answers. You may feel uprooted from your life. The world around you may seem to go on while your grief feels immobilizing. Those that gathered around you at the time of your loss may seem to have moved on with their lives. Sometimes a loss is invisible to others, sometimes your feelings don’t make sense to you. Grieving is often referred to as a journey; one you didn’t sign up for that has no roadmap or destination. It is not something to ‘get over’ but rather a life changing experience you can learn to navigate, and accommodate into your life story
What is most important to remember about grief is that there is no ‘right way’ to grieve or timetable for processing a loss. One day you may feel awash in your grief, another day, like you are making progress. You need not be alone in your struggle. Connecting with others, talking about your experience can help you to sort through your feelings.
What are these feelings?
You may be experiencing all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. Some common manifestations of grief are listed below.
- Irritability, feeling numb, sadness, loneliness, guilt, remorse
- Crying at unanticipated times, restlessness, changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of interest in normal activities/responsibilities; Isolating
- Poor concentration, difficulty focusing , forgetfulness
- A sense of unreality, loss of time perception
- Tightness in the throat, heaviness in the chest
- Lack of energy, too much energy, changes in appetite
- Anger at God/The Universe, feeling betrayed by your spiritual beliefs
- Loss of hope, loss of meaning to life
- Epiphany; opening to spiritual
At Bluestone we offer professionally trained therapists who specialize in grief counseling as well as grief therapy.
Grief Counseling involves helping an individual as he or she moves through uncomplicated, natural, grief. Grief counseling offers you a compassionate, supportive and safe place to express your feelings, to talk about your loss and how it has effected your life. Your counselor can join with you to provide you with guidance as you explore your experience, and help you to map your journey forward into the future.
Grief Therapy is a form of psychotherapy used to treat severe or complicated traumatic grief reactions. This can occur where the loss is sudden and traumatic, the grief reaction is prolonged or manifests a grief response outside the range of cultural or psychiatrically defined normality. The goal of grief therapy is to sort out the psychological and emotional problems which have occurred as a consequence of the trauma from natural grief and mourning responses. To address the issues of trauma separately from the grieving process and enable healing and recovery while facilitating healthy grieving.
Grief and loss counseling at Bluestone Psychological Services
Take the next step in managing your grief and loss. Things can can get better! We look forward to talking with you.