- Do you find yourself in shock or disbelief over a death or other loss?
- Are your days seemingly surreal, filled with tears, anger, or even freakish or unexplainable relief?
- Does it seem that you get angry over “little” things?
- Do you find yourself snapping at others for no apparent reason?
- Does it seem you are very sensitive when you hear about other people who are experiencing loss?
Perhaps you have experienced a significant change in your relationships. For example, a friend moved away (or you moved) and it is difficult making new friends. Maybe you have gone through a separation or divorce while experiencing various intense feelings. Further, it may be the loss of a job, health, or a dear pet that affects your mood. Also, you may work long hours, try to avoid others, or find yourself asking “why” questions about the loss.
We have seen many times with our clients who have experienced grief at many different levels for various reasons. Many times they know that grief is real but not sure what is happening to them let alone how to handle these extraordinary thoughts, feelings, and behavior. You may ask “why” am I feeling this way? Why is it taking so long to “get over this”?
If you find yourself stuck, lost, confused, disillusioned, afraid, stressed out over the loss, we are here to help. Yes, there is hope in getting through what you are experiencing in your grief. You are not alone at this time in your life.
It is our passion, privilege, and honor…
to empathize, listen, comfort, and walk alongside you as you express yourself in the process of grief counseling. Your story, your struggles, your hurts, the effects of a relationship on you are all worth being heard. Together with a trained counselor you can regain peace, balance, hope, and direction.
You may wonder why you need grief counseling since grieving is just part of life. On the other hand, you wonder if you are a little “crazy” or “off your rocker” for feeling the way you do. Perhaps you are wondering how you are ever going to get through this malaise of grief. Let’s take a look at these concerns.
Loss is Just a Part of Life, Right?
Although loss at various degrees is part of the human experience with some of these losses easy to dismiss and forget, we realize other losses are far more difficult. While loss is common to us as humans, it affects each of us differently. Grief is connected many times to loss and the outcome of the loss may vary significantly based on the loss, circumstances around the loss, the impact of the loss on you, the connection you had with what has changed or who is gone. Losing your keys or losing a game generally will have a much different impact on you compared to a loss of a job, health, friendship, break up of a long-term relationship, marriage through divorce, or the passing away of a friend or family member.
Isn’t All Loss Perceived the Same Way?
Loss may be attributed to what value we place on the loss as well as our attachment to it. Further, it may affect each person differently based on one’s relationship to that which was lost. An example may be when you lose a spouse or partner to death, you mourn their loss, struggle to find comfort from others, attempt to go on without him/her, feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed, angry, distressed, and other such responses. Others who knew the deceased or you may come and comfort you with notes, online posts, letters, cards, flowers, and a visit with you at the funeral or memorial service.
However, if you have gone through a divorce, you may find a different response within yourself and varying responses from others. You may receive a few consoling notes, but no memorial service, maybe a phone call or two, and probably a lot of silence. Others may misunderstand or ignore your pain and distress or you may find yourself distancing yourself from others.
How Am I Going to Get Over This?
In the time of grief, this is one of the most common questions addressed in counseling. Whether implied or directly asked, clients want to know how long they will be going through grief. Also, they need to know will the pain ever go away. The anguish of loss is difficult to explain and is different for each person and situation. However, we recognize there is a process