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What is Grief
Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the feeling of sadness, emptiness, and loneliness that we experience after someone or something we love dies or leaves us. grief can also be triggered by a difficult change or life events, such as a move, divorce, or illness. Whatever the cause, grief can make us feel like we are losing control and overwhelm us.
Grief can affect our physical health, emotions, mind, and behavior. We may have trouble sleeping, eating, and concentrating. we may feel angry, frustrated, anxious, or helpless. We may isolate ourselves from friends and family or withdraw from activities we used to enjoy. Over time, with support, most people begin to get better with their grief and start to feel more like themselves again.
What is Mourning
Mourning can be understood as the process of reacting to grief. It is a natural reaction to loss and something that everyone experiences at one time or another. Grief is not something that can be ignored or will just go away; it needs to be worked through. Mourning is the outward expression of grief experienced after losing someone you love, including an intense sense of loss, pain, anger, loneliness, and regret (and other emotions).
The Five Stages of Grief Are
1. Denial: In the early stage of mourning, it is common to deny that the loss has occurred. You may feel like you are in a dream or that it's not happening. This is a way of coping with the pain of the loss.
2. Anger: As you come to terms with the loss, you may feel anger towards yourself, others, or God. This anger can be directed at anyone involved in the loss, or at anything that represents the loss.
3. Bargaining: You may start to make deals with yourself or others in an attempt to undo the loss. For example, you may promise to never drink again if only your loved one could come back.
4. Depression: As you begin to accept the reality of the loss, you may feel sadness and grief. This can be overwhelming and can cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, or overeating.
5. Acceptance: When you reach this stage, you have fully mourned the loss. You may still feel sad at times, but you have come to terms with what has happened and can move on with your life.
What Type of Therapy is Good for Grief
Grief can be a very personal and unique experience. Each person experiences grief in their way, and it is important to find grief therapy that works for you. That said, grief counseling generally falls into two major categories: grief support and grief therapy
People who are grieving naturally need support from others. Grief support groups provide a forum for people who have lost someone close to them to share their grief with others who have experienced the same loss. People often find comfort in sharing their feelings with those who understand what they are going through because all these grief sufferers were once just like them - fearful, isolated, uncertain, overwhelmed. Grief support allows people to talk about what they are feeling while they’re still in the early weeks and months of their grief.
Grief therapy, on the other hand, is a more formalized treatment approach that may be recommended for people who are still struggling with grief after several months or even years have passed. This type of therapy typically involves meeting with a therapist one-on-one to discuss grief and all its associated emotions and challenges. Therapists who offer grief therapy can provide valuable guidance and support as you work through your grief. They can also help you identify any areas of your life where grief may be impacting your ability to function normally. If needed, they can also refer you to additional resources such as support groups or antidepressant medication.
The best type of therapy for grief depends on you and your unique needs. Before meeting with grief counselors, it is a good idea to do some research to determine what type of therapy or counselor might be best for you.
If you are not sure where to start, the following grief therapy types can help you navigate your grief journey:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – As one of the most popular forms of grief therapy, CBT focuses on changing grief-related thoughts and behaviors through goal setting and problem-solving. Group Counseling – A form of grief counseling that involves sitting in a group session with other grief sufferers, this type of therapy allows individuals to talk about their grief while working toward positive change as a group rather than as an individual.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) – IPT is a grief therapy that helps individuals understand the grief process and how it affects their relationships. It focuses on the grief cycle, including mourning, anger, depression, and acceptance.
Expressive Therapies – These therapies use creative means to express grief such as writing, art, or music. They can provide a unique outlet for emotions and can be immensely helpful in exploring difficult thoughts and feelings.
What are the Responsibilities of a Grief Counselor
As grief counselors, we are here to help you through this time of grief and sorrow. We can assist you in finding the strength you need to get through the challenging times ahead. Our grief counselors understand how important it is for you to feel loved during your time of grief, so we provide unconditional acceptance and empathy throughout your grief experience. We care about every aspect of what you are going through -- no matter what kind of loss occurred in your life -- because everyone grieves differently depending on their own experiences. During our grief counseling sessions, we will collaborate with you to come up with creative ways to move forward in your grief journey. We offer advice on everything that relates to handling grief, one-on-one support, group support meetings, grief education, resources, and more.
Grief counselors are also responsible for creating a safe and supportive environment in which you can share your thoughts and feelings openly. This is an incredibly important part of the healing process, as it allows you to begin to make sense of your loss. We believe that grief should be expressed in whatever way feels comfortable for you, so we never pressure you to talk about anything you do not want to discuss. However, we will encourage you to explore your grief as much as possible, as this can lead to healing and closure down the road.
Meet Dr. Virginia Simpson
Executive Counseling Director
I bring both personal and professional experience with death and grieving to every counseling situation, which includes the creation of this set of grief counseling resources. I know them to be the best available online today. Whether your loss has been sudden or expected, I'll help you learn to cope with the depth of emotions and experiences that are part of healthy grieving.