Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.
The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors.
Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.
A few common symptoms in these categories are:
- Crying and sighing
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of sadness and yearning
- Feelings of worry or anger
- Feelings of frustration or guilt
- Feeling detached from others
- Self-isolation from social contact
- Behaving in ways that are not normal for you
Every grieving experience is different. A person may be able to continue their day-to-day routine after one loss, yet not be able to get out of bed after the loss of someone else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.
The Grief Recovery Method
When it comes to working through the grief and loss process, I help to teach clients about the Grief Recovery Method. The entire premise of this methodology is for you to complete what is emotionally unresolved with the person that has died, the person that you have divorced, or with anyone else in which loss has taken place. There are a series of tools that will help guide you through the recovery process. I will help you, on this journey, to express what you wished would have been DIFFERENT, BETTER, OR MORE. The essential fact to know is that “grief is cumulative and cumulatively negative.” Therefore, if you wind up not working through what is emotionally unresolved with someone, from your past or even present, you are at risk for remaining a victim, feeling depressed, and staying stuck in your life. Recovery takes place when you are willing to examine all these feelings and thoughts that have never been expressed. I look forward to helping you work through each loss in your life that has not been emotionally resolved.
If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact me today for a free consultation