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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

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Typical responses associated with Grief

  • Reduced concentration
  • A sense of numbness
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Changed eating habits
  • Emotional Roller coaster

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Comment by dream moon JO B on May 31, 2018 at 5:24pm

i no iv bean goin2 a  spirlastt churdhh few pepepl getin anserss evn me 

Comment by dream moon JO B on August 6, 2017 at 5:40pm

evry tim i hear ths if feal lk it is it a lng way coz i miss daddy /dd so mush ev mor so iv had i shid be ovr t bt im not ths yr i feal it mor aft 5yrd bt bean a bad 1 ths yr ls dnt judg me11%20-%20Track%2011.mp3

it feal a lng eay way i do

dnt no if its i mis my dad mom bean ill bean snap on/off tramtid coz of vict o f crim pls dnt hav a go ts alred ymest me up wt hapnd it did 

wish my d wz still hear coz it wuf of not hapned 

its hwy iv post songs he wiud of luvd on i uv my dad he wud 

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im sory if im rntin 2 mush 

bt moms dem/azl get 2 me she foget war she livs stil thgn she livs in hose wear hse livd in 1970s/60s evn 1930s

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askin wear ded pele not bean 2 sea her its died yrs go

iv loss he bef shes gon i hav 

i no i need 2 cry bt if i do im word il cry til 2020 or mor wer im cryn lk a foti or sea goi mad

ld i can cum hear 2 say way i feal or othr webs if i cnt get on hear

i jut wish i cud hav daddy bac i do feal low 2 day 2 oz wz my fav anti bday 2 day 2 wish se wz stil hear 2 its isin peple i luv it get me it duz

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Comment by dream moon JO B on August 2, 2017 at 5:10pm

 wish i cud be e pele we usd2 be i go on vimeo coz ther sogd is ese 2 post bt i lk my own songs 2 id do

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luv ths song hop its ok diana

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thes seam 2 relx me well a bit thy do

sory abit tyop probs loss fealin min y hand i a bit gt lot of numd sso on in bth bt mst 1 sun 2 be sorted i so sorry nt slef puty its not dnt if its stes coz of loss or mom bean polyd nt no bt its nt self pity wish i wz tld 

Comment by Lisa Maria DeMatto- Wysong on July 30, 2017 at 1:32am

Jamie 

Crying won't bring her back, BUT it is a part of grieving and if you feel like crying then cry. I think holding it in isn't good. Everyone greives in a different way. Your boyfriend is grieving also. Tell him that you are dealing with it and he should try to understand the loss process is different for each person. If you need to talk to a counselor, do it. Don't be afraid. 

I'm sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. I lost my bestfriend and my dad just days apart. That was 18 months ago and I still cry, I also feel at times that I will never be happy again, I try to strong for my family. 

Take care of yourself. Enjoy every minute with your other baby

Comment by Jamie Donaldson on July 29, 2017 at 11:42pm
My boyfriend says "she is already dead and crying isn't going to bring her back. You have to not let it wear you down. If you don't you will go mad. I feel it to and I think about it all the time and I miss her all the time but don't have it at the top of my brain. That's why mad people go mad." This is about one of our 3 day old twins dieing. Any suggestions as to how I handle that?
Comment by dream moon JO B on June 5, 2017 at 4:50pm

hi linda iv smoket i no its agans law in uk bt it carmd me it did juts wish ty wud giv it 2 us us in a pill fom thm i wid not of brok law 

i rmer sen a doc yrs go thy usd canbos for evry thng thy did

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it min iv somush goin on i cud 

Comment by BLUEBELL on June 5, 2017 at 4:20pm

I am sorry you have suffered for so long Linda. I, for one, have had no experience with medical Marijuana.

Bluebell

Comment by Linda Engberg on June 5, 2017 at 1:43pm

I HAVE COMPLICATED GRIEF FOR OVER 4 YEARS, I SEE A THERAPIST EVERY 3 WEEKS AND TAKE MEDS BUT THEY ARE NO HELP. HAS ANYONE TRIED MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR THIS CONDITION.

Comment by Jules on June 5, 2017 at 6:24am
Thank you Bluebell. I've started in a way to keep to myself because people don't understand what I am going through and you do see how it's uncomfortable for them when you try to talk to them about my husband. I struggle every day getting up, I know I have to because of our kids but I don't want to. And the biggest part of all of this grief I have is the questions that. Will never know. Was it quick, did he suffer, did he know I was with him and next to him when he left, is there something more after this life. Is he ok where he is and will I see him again. I know everyone asks those questions to themselves but that's where I hurt the most. I miss him so much it hurts. Thank you for letting me talk to you guys on here about my feelings.
Comment by BLUEBELL on June 4, 2017 at 9:05am

Jules

My suggestion is to come here and express your grief whether it be sadness, anger, disbelief, numbness...what ever form it takes. There is no judgement here. There is a book out there called "The Courage to Grieve" that I found helpful. Maybe try it when you are able to concentrate better.

I am not a grief counselor, but I have experienced a recent loss of a loved one. I also have been a Hospice RN for a few years. That being said, it is important for you to know you are not alone and that what you are feeling is normal. It is okay to grieve in your way and on your timeline.

Bluebell

 

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