Have you felt overcome with grief lately?
Do you grieve the loss of a loved one so much that it is hard to do normal, routine things?
Have you found it hard to trust again after losing someone?
Do you have trouble accepting loss?
Do you go out of your way to avoid reminders of someone or something you recently lost?
Coping with the loss of someone or something that is significant to you can be one of life’s biggest challenges.It can be painful, lonely, and emotionally draining when you experience loss. Whether it’s the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or the decline of your health – any event that makes you feel as though something has been taken away can trigger grief.
However, it’s important to remember that grief is a natural response to loss, and while it can be hard to manage it’s not something you should try to run from or prevent yourself from feeling. Grief isn’t limited to sadness alone. It can show up as anger, guilt, disbelief, and even regret. Despite the various emotions that it can cause you to feel, what can also make it even more overwhelming is that grief isn’t the same for everyone and it won’t be the same for every event that causes it. There may be times when have good days and feel as though you are over your loss, and then bad days occur, causing you to feel as if your grief is never-ending. There may also be times when you feel a range of emotions all at once, and that can be hard to navigate, let alone manage.
Many People Have a Tough Time Dealing With Loss
Grief can be an immense emotion that can feel like it’s taking over your life. It can be complicated to cope with on an ongoing basis and hard to navigate the emotions that it stirs within. While it can be caused by a variety of things it is rooted in the loss of something, regardless of how big or small the loss is. Often times people associate grief with the loss of someone they love – but it can include so much more. Some people experience it after losing a loved while others may feel it after moving from their family home. Whatever your loss is, if it’s significant to you don’t feel ashamed about how you feel or question whether or not it’s appropriate to grieve. Often times the more significant or intense of the loss, the more intense your grief will be.
While the stages of grief are universal and experienced by many, the grieving process grief can still be different for everyone.There is no right or wrong way to grieve and how it impacts you depends on your life experience, your personality, your faith, and your coping skills. Some may experience grief physically such as a massive feeling of fatigue, a lack of focus, or weight loss from lack of appetite. While others may feel it mentally, as they experience mood swings they can’t explain, depression, and feelings of guilt for creating new memories. It can even impact your social life, causing you to withdraw from loved ones or lead to you experiencing a lack of joy in the things you once loved. But the good news is, you can overcome grief.
Grief Counseling Can Help You Find Relief
Although you may feel down now, we want you to know that the feeling of sadness, loneliness, and despair don’t have to last forever. In fact, you’ve already made progress, simply by visiting our site you’ve acknowledged that you need help navigating your emotions and took a step to figure out how to overcome it.
At Friends In Transition Counseling, we have a team of counselors and therapists who specialize in grief. We have helped many people learn how to deal with grief, heal from grief, and get control of their life back.
Our approach to grief is one of companionship. We believe that those who are grieving need a safe place to process the loss without judgment, and without the pressure or expectation of being “better.” We accompany you on the journey to name your losses, both physical and symbolic, develop new ways of being post-loss and identify the gift that you encounter on the journey.
We utilize a model of grief developed by Dr. Ajita Robinson that helps grievers identify and embrace 9 universal truths about the grief journey:
- Naming the loss and recognizing the reality of the loss
- Grief is a survival mechanism
- There is no one way to grieve
- Grief is cumulative, across the lifespan.
- Grieving does not prevent us from living
- We grieve in anticipation of a loss and when it occurs
- Grief is a lifelong journey unanchored by time
- The goal of grief is not to resolve the loss but to create the life post loss
- Finding the gift in grief requires that we accept that we have purpose after loss
You May Still Have Some Questions About Grief Counseling
Can’t I get over grief with time?
Grief isn’t something you just get over. While time is essential to the healing process and dealing with it, it does take more than just time to heal. Even more importantly, “getting over it” shouldn’t be your goal. While you may find ways to distract yourself, there may come a time when those feelings are triggered again – and it’s important that you know how to deal with them, so they don’t take control of your life.
How do I know therapy will help?
While we don’t have a 100% guarantee that you’ll leave the office feeling better, therapy is worth the investment and your time.You’re obviously experiencing some emotions that you’re having a tough time dealing with on your own, so why not speak to a professional who is trained to help?
Our goal is to do everything we can to help you.
What if I can’t afford therapy?
We offer affordable pricing for therapy sessions and we accept BCBS, Cigna, Humana and Magellan insurance plans.
Get Relief Now
Don’t let grief control your life, we want to help you learn how to enjoy living life again. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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