Grief counselling is a supportive therapy that can help you to process feelings of loss. Your counsellor is not the expert on your grief, but someone who is skilled in assisting you to find meaning and healing in your experience.
There are many events or situations that can give rise to feelings of grief, though sometimes we may not be aware that these are the source of our painful feelings.
Causes of grief can include loss of:
Relationhip - due to bereavement, separation, or divorce.
Pregnancy - through miscarriage, termination or infertility.
Health - as a result of illness.
Occupation/career - due to termination, or retirement.
Community/belonging - after relocation, or migration.
Most people experience some form of grief and loss, it is a natural part of life. However, how one deals with grief is unique to themselves and may change depending on various factors. While we can sometimes go through the grief process, accept our loss, and move on, at other times we may:
- Become stuck in an ongoing, painful experience;
- Be consumed with sadness or guilt;
- Feel unable to imagine life without a loved one;
- Feel unable to move forward after an unfortunate or tragic event.
Benefits of Grief Counselling
Various techniques and treatments can be used to help with grief. Strategies that are suitable to your unique personality and situation or experience can help you in various ways, such as:
Rediscovering a sense of meaning and purpose
Finding forgiveness for your self and others
Connecting with feelings of peace and acceptance
Engaging more with life
Grief therapy can help people move through their suffering, bringing to the surface what has been causing the emotional pain and despair.
A grief counsellor can help you express your thoughts and emotions about your loss by creating a safe space to talk freely and explore your feelings. It may take time for you to fully express your emotions, but through the use of different approaches and techniques, grief counselling can help you to address the pain that is holding you back from life.
It is important to find the best grief counsellor for your needs. I have 20+ years experience as a counsellor, and have completed specialised training in grief and loss counselling. For more information on my approach please view my Counselling Methods. You can also contact me, or book an appointment to discuss further.