Throughout the course of our years, we all experience a loss at some point in our lives. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them before 18 years of age. Feelings of grief and loss are not always associated with death, however, but commonly surface after a loss of some kind – whether it is the loss of a loved one, a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job.
When you lose something or someone valuable to you, feelings of grief can be overbearing. Grief can leave you feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb by affecting you mentally, emotionally, and/or physically. It’s important to understand that healing from grief is a process, and everyone copes with this emotion differently.
Many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving, but be sure to have patience with the individual (including yourself) throughout the entire process. A major loss is a common reason all sorts of people seek therapy. Common themes I work on with clients going through grief and/or loss my include:
- Improving coping skills
- Reducing feelings of blame and guilt
- Exploring and processing emotions
- Exploring and creating new and different meanings about the loss
It would be my honor to help you through this difficult time. There is hope. Please explore my sight and if you feel we would work well together, please reach out today.