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Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling includes:

  • Private chat sessions 
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  • 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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Comment by Jules on June 4, 2017 at 7:50am
Thank you Bluebell and Elynn, I do have my parents here near by but they are seniors and it's hard. They do the best they can to be there for me! Most of my family is in NY. Everyone tries there best to be there via phone call but it's not the same. I hope the site can help me because this grief I have is overwhelming and debilitating at times. All I want is my husband back and my friends don't understand it! I'm so lost right now
Comment by Elynn m on June 3, 2017 at 10:14pm

Jules,

   I am so sorry for your loss.   Your husband was very young.   My husband was older, but I know what you mean about sudden death.   Family is important at this time.   I hope you have someone to help with the children.   It's important to have others there for us.   I'm sure you will find this site helpful.   It has been a blessing to me.

Comment by BLUEBELL on June 3, 2017 at 5:26pm

This is beyond overwhelming. I am so sorry for your loss and for the hardships it has brought on. Do you have family to give emotional support? Is there someone who can help with the children for awhile?

My heart goes out to you Jules! 

Bluebell

Comment by Jules on June 3, 2017 at 6:47am
My husband passed away suddenly at the age of 44 on April 19th of this year. He went to work and never came home. Doctors said it was sudden cardiac death! We were together for 18 years. Now I'm left to continue to raise our 3 children alone! I'm lost, broken, confused. I can't believe he is gone. I made it to the hospital right before they declared him so I was by his side when he left and I am glad I was there for him but his death has left such a hole in my heart that all I want is to be with him. He is all I've known since I'm 18 years old and all I want! Every day is a struggle to get up and the only reason I do is because of the kids otherwise I wouldn't! All I want is him and to be with him!!
Comment by dream moon JO B on April 27, 2017 at 5:59pm

iv loss wait agan i no ths tim its ovr a pet losss i no sum pelepl dnt unstdn a a cat/dog loss ulles thy hav pet dnt matr ifs nota cat/dog cud be a spyder or bugoe or so it ca n be it still kills us lk hell it can ]i no i haf lucy fr 16 yrs bt she gt be thru sum bad tims aftr my dad died she did i get ltd 2 grow up stp bean lk a kid uv 2 new cats nws well kittns u shud say 

bt lucy gt me thru sum sad momts in y if lif evn my mst darks secrts i tld her yes she wz a cat bt or huen fealinthn humn beans evr had she did she dnt tell me ay i shud feal or swer it me or tel world 2  im not goin say on hear i nt wnt no kor gilt on my ciseses i dnt 

sory cnt typ prop agan arhrts wnt let me typ sorry

Comment by Diana, Certified Grief Counselor on February 6, 2017 at 11:47am

The Mayo Clinic defines complicated grief as follows:

During the first few months after a loss, many signs and symptoms of normal grief are the same as those of complicated grief. However, while normal grief symptoms gradually start to fade over time, those of complicated grief linger or get worse. Complicated grief is like being in an ongoing, heightened state of mourning that keeps you from healing.

Signs and symptoms of complicated grief may include:

  • Intense sorrow and pain at the thought of your loved one
  • Focus on little else but your loved one's death
  • Extreme focus on reminders of the loved one or excessive avoidance of reminders
  • Intense and persistent longing or pining for the deceased
  • Problems accepting the death
  • Numbness or detachment
  • Bitterness about your loss
  • Feeling that life holds no meaning or purpose
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Lack of trust in others
  • Inability to enjoy life or think back on positive experiences with your loved one

If you are experiencing complicated grief, please contact me.  

Comment by dream moon JO B on January 27, 2017 at 5:10pm

luv ths osng dont u fogt abot me yea why shid i fogt abot pele its died wen my dad died i wz told fogrt abot foget he evrr exsit hs only yore dad or els its easy why on erth shid i foget abot my dad man i luvd if i evr get a man lk my dad i  be lplsd evn if his hrd up deprt 2 go wit me 

why shud i foget a bt pe;le its died thy imprt pele ty lvd thy died ty sufed we hear sfiin coz of loss  or i let ithapen wish i new how i let it hoapen  i do

i just wish we all hear on a gahn lk a party noy a loss/losses or a brake or holday ot loses lk evry 2 ean happy agan not way we r now no 1 gets a loss til it hapend 2 thm

Comment by dream moon JO B on January 27, 2017 at 5:06pm
Comment by dream moon JO B on January 7, 2017 at 5:17pm

sorrry if i carz upset 2 any 1 on hear but i luv washin ths man its sad he had 2 pass colin fryhttp://vimeo.com/39734211

Comment by Linda Engberg on January 7, 2017 at 7:08am

Hi Diana,

Thanks, for your comment, I don't know what I would have done without this wonderful web-site and the people on it.

Linda

 

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