Grief and Loss Counselling

Facing Loss

Grief and loss are inevitabilities we all face. Sometimes grief can be overwhelming and complex, involving feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, and regret. Adapting to loss can be difficult, and reactions vary dramatically from person to person. People experiencing loss often find themselves vacillating between overwhelming emotions in protest against the loss, and desires to move on and ‘get over it.’ How a person responds to loss depends on many factors such as how loss was modelled in childhood, past losses, culture, beliefs, social support and resources available.

 

Grief and Loss Counselling

 

The grieving process typically begins with shock, disbelief and numbness. In this confusing state, a person may engage in various protective measures in an attempt to find relief from overwhelming emotions. Grief can be complicated further if there is unresolved grief from a previous loss, if the loss was a dependent, if there are ambivalent feelings about the relationship, or a lack of social support.

It is important to remember that what you are experiencing is normal and what may seem like an extreme reaction is an attempt to protect you. If you need support in dealing with grief and loss a compassionate guide can ease and assist you through the process. I will work with you to support you through the process of grieving, re-constructing, re-membering, and re-writing your story.