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Bereavement Counselling

Grief Counselling

Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of someone close to you. However, the grieving process can sometimes become unhealthy and begin to affect you in highly disruptive and unexpected ways. Emotions can become turbulent, or you might feel numb to the rest of the world. Grief can even lead to depression.

When most people grieve, they tend to go through four stages at one point or another. These stages are (1) the acceptance and acknowledgement of the loss, (2) experiencing the pain of the loss, (3) adjusting to life without the person who was lost, and (4) moving on. It is not unusual for some people to struggle with the challenge of a particular stage and get stuck.

There are many causes of unhealthy grieving habits that will vary on an individual basis. People are often challenged by grief because they have learned that displays of emotion are a sign of weakness or that it is inappropriate to express sadness. They might just not want to deal with the unsettling feelings that tend to accompany grief. Ignoring or suppressing grief is not a psychologically healthy habit, however. Grief will not go away until it is addressed and worked through, and it can cause many emotional problems if it is ignored and kept in the background.

Grief that is persistent and intense is often the result of a feeling of unfinished business with the deceased. Sometimes the duration and the intensity of grief is actually appropriate, such as in cases of a traumatic death. Feelings can become very complicated and difficult to work through alone in these cases, but our bereavement counsellors can help you to manage your grief until you are ready to move on.

Bereavement counselling can provide the support and guidance you need to work through your grief in a healthy way. Our bereavement counsellors will help you to understand the mourning process better and identify the underlying causes of your unhealthy grieving. Moving past grief requires that you come to terms with potentially difficult and complicated feelings that have arisen due to your loss.

Do you need grief counselling?

If you are grieving a loss and you are experiencing any of the following, you might benefit from grief counselling:

  • Finding it hard to get out of bed or go to work
  • Neglecting hygiene or personal grooming habits
  • Irregular appetite
  • Excessive drinking
  • Using or feeling tempted to use illegal drugs
  • Having suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness
  • Reckless or violent behaviour
  • Feeling somehow guilty for the loss
  • Difficulty accepting that the lost person is truly gone
  • Misdirected hostility toward others associated with the loss

If you feel like you are having trouble coping with your grief, you may need some extra help from a bereavement counsellor. Our counsellors will help you to honour the memory of the one you lost while enabling you to move forward in your own life. Contact us today to discuss if bereavement counselling can help you.