Grief is a profoundly individual experience, and there is certainly no ‘normal’ or ‘correct’ way for us to grieve. How we respond to grief will be influenced by a wide range of factors, including our age, our culture and religious beliefs, or whether we have ever been bereaved before. Bereavement counselling can you help come to terms with your loss quite often talking to a professional help you deal with the grief your experiencing at this difficult time.
The death of a loved one or significant person can leave us devastated, wondering how we can ever come to terms with our loss. In fact, bereavement is one of the most common reasons that people will seek out therapy. And while grieving and bereavement are normal and often inevitable life experiences, Bereavement Counselling and Psychotherapy can help with this painful experience of loss.
The typical feelings we associate with grief are, for example:
These are normal feelings and should pass gradually, provided you have the space and time you need to grieve.
Very often, clients will be concerned with how long they will feel the often-debilitating effects of intense grief. Feeling perhaps overwhelmed by their loss, they wish to know if they will be able to manage at all. There is no simple answer to how long grief will last. You might say it never leaves us. However, the hope is that we learn to live with our loss and manage our grief.
Sometimes we may experience what is referred to as a Complicated Grief, where the debilitating feelings of grief do not pass, or lessen in impact. Sometimes these feeling may even seem to sharpen or intensify.