I am a professional counselor providing bereavement, grief and loss counseling in Centennial and in Castle Rock.
Grief……who would have thought I could hurt this bad?
When you lose a loved one to death, it doesn’t matter how the death happened. What matters is how close you were to the person. Bereavement, Grief and Loss are all words to describe what you are experiencing. The following metaphors describe what it feels like for your body and your emotions when you have lost a loved one to death.
- You were hit by a truck.
- You had a knife attack your heart.
- You had been sucked up in a hurricane or tornado.
- You were on a beach when a storm brought violent waves to crash in on you, at times feeling like you could not stand up.
- You were caught in a hail storm with nowhere to hide.
Bereavement, grief and loss is also descriptive of the process you experience with other types of losses in your life.
- Losing a job as the sole support for yourself or your family.
- Find out you have a terminal disease.
- Losing an important family connection through mental illness.
- Receiving a divorce notice that surprises you because you still love your spouse.
- When you have been dealt so many hard blows by life that you are not sure where to turn next.
- When a pet, which provided important companionship to you, has died.
What I can do to help with grief and loss?
Coming to me for counseling can provide you a:
- Sounding board when others want you to move on.
- An understanding of what is “normal” for the grief process and the beginning of restoring some normalcy to your life.
- A way to honor your loss and at the same time honor your present life and people in it.
- A plan or exercises to help you not be overwhelmed by your emotions of grief and loss.
- Help with finding new ways for looking at the present and future.
How you may feel better!
- Just by being listened to and having someone validate your time of grief.
- Having help developing a plan for recovering quickly from overwhelming emotions that accompany grief and loss.
- By having help creating a space for remembrances or hope.
- By having someone who helps with focus on honoring the good together.
- When you have someone to help hold you accountable for regular eating and exercise.
Another good source for Bereavement grief and loss help is: National Funeral Directors Association
Find out more about the Grief and Loss groups I run: Workshops and Groups
You can also connect with me for some educational and discussion groups at: Becoming a Healthier You