Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling includes:

  • Private chat sessions 
  • inspirational messages
  • workbook pages
  • all services provided by certified grief counselor

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Grief Counseling

Grief counseling is also sometimes referred to as bereavement counseling. It is typically used to counsel and comfort individuals who are dealing with loss, usually the death of a loved one. This type of counseling can help some people adjust and cope with loss and the grief that comes with it.

Grief counseling is recommended for individuals who are having trouble grieving, or moving through the different stages of grief, after a loss. Generally, most people who seek grief counseling do so because their grief is

  • interfering with their daily activities
  • causing relationship problems
  • making it hard to go on with their own lives
  • causing intense guilt or depression
  • making it difficult to eat


Why Do We Need Grief Counseling?

A healthy grieving process is completely normal and nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone grieves differently and some may find it harder than others to cope with loss and grief. Living with the pain of unresolved loss and grief is a terrible thing for the human psyche. It can cause feelings of guilt, along with feelings of depression.

Grief counseling can help make the grieving process easier. The purpose of grief counseling is not to forget a loss but work toward acceptance.   Individuals who are able to accept the loss of someone or something that they loved will typically find it much easier to move on and live happier lives themselves.

What Does a Grief Counselor Do?

The main goal of a grief counselor is to help people cope with grief. These professionals might work with all types of people experiencing all different types of loss. Some grief counselors might focus on counseling individuals that lost loved ones in specific ways, such as after a battle with cancer or during military service.

A counseling method known as "active listening" is one of the most common types used by grief counselors. During this type of counseling, a grief counselor will usually do more listening than talking. The counselor will encourage or allow the grieving person to talk about their feelings and emotions. Many times, individuals suffering from grief might only need to get their feelings out in the open in order to move forward with their lives. On the other hand, a grief counselor might also need to help their clients develop strategies and methods for coping with their loss.

Grief counselors will also watch their clients closely for signs of mental or emotional problems that are often associated with grief. This might include such things as anger, depression, or even suicidal thoughts. 

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Are you finding it difficult to eat? 1 Reply

When you are grieving it’s important that you take care of yourself through difficult times. We’ve all been knocked off center and find it hard to take care of our own health needs.How do we get through these difficult times and eat right to sustain…Continue

Started by Diana, Certified Grief Counselor. Last reply by Diana, Certified Grief Counselor Jan 28, 2016.


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Comment by Lisa Maria DeMatto- Wysong on June 14, 2020 at 5:54pm

Hi Jason M,

All you need to do is message Diana the grief counselor, her info is at the top of the page. 

She replies fairly quickly 

Comment by Jason M. on June 14, 2020 at 5:37pm
is this group active? How do we receive the counseling mentioned in the group's description? I really could use a support group. I'm at my wits end.
Comment by dream moon JO B on February 26, 2019 at 5:40pm

so true linda so well saed 

all i no is br ok enn grieff wingss  is 1 no 1 gets till thy get it 

if we broee a am arm or a leg we wud be ok ish but grieff is so sad coz 1 thng no can get fix 

u can fix a car or so on but u can not fix loss u can not 

Comment by Linda Engberg on January 25, 2019 at 6:11am


All I can tell you that I know each of us grieves in their own way.

For myself I will never get over my Husband's death. He was my soulmate and truly was "The Wind Beneath My Wings" 

They now are broken and they will never heal.

Comment by mindy on January 24, 2019 at 10:29pm

I been trying to stay positive but since everything that went on on Christmas day it's kinda hard to I been wanting to let things out but been holding it in and acting like nothing is wrong. Thinking that I'm a mistake by being alive.

Comment by Linda Engberg on January 22, 2019 at 6:20am

Hi Mindy

You are never bothering anyone, when you come to these forums we are all in the same boat. 

Death effects everyone a different way. When my Husband died it effected me and my family. They really don't understand my grief so I really don't share anything will them anymore.

I have being seeing a therapist once a month for 6 years and share all my thoughts with her. I tell her everything and it really does help. It avoids conflicts with friends and family.

I hope this might help you deal with the family.

Best of Luck, Linda 

Comment by mindy on January 21, 2019 at 10:40pm

I'm having a rough time still I been keeping everything in my grandpa passed away it will be two years March 25th and we had a family fued on Christmas day and it's still lingering on.i'm sorry if I'm a bother to anyone.

Comment by Denise Lavoie on November 23, 2018 at 6:18am
This my. 3rd holiday season without my husband. My daughter is ready to have a baby anytime.I want to be happy I know my husband would want me to be happy.The best way to describe how I feel is bitter sweet. Life is hard to get excited about without him. Happy Holidays.
Comment by dream moon JO B on November 22, 2018 at 5:26pm

so sorry linda 

bean thingin of xmas ti im 

try to thng of ecsusess to avod invitss but iv ran off exsusess i havv

but hopflyy spoook churchh iv bean goin to medim may givme advisess he/she will

but fealin bit low coz of bit of bad news of my nebow frinds big c spreed to her it has 

but peppl it go to spooks chirch hav all bean thru griefff thy hav hearin diffo storyss is sad but its lk a suportt of conslingg coz we all no ech othrs pane we do

Comment by Linda Engberg on November 14, 2018 at 6:20am

This will be my 6th Christmas without my Husband. Last night I went to a Hospice Workshop entitles "Hope for the Holidays". It really was wonderful, the speaker gave us many ideas how to endure the Holiday.


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