GRIEF AND LOSS COUNSELING

I’m sorry you are here but thank you for seeking help.

Grief is personal and individual, and every person’s experience it differently. Your personality, your support system, your natural coping mechanisms and many other things will determine how this loss will affect you. Grief is not limited to feelings of sadness. It can also involve guilt, yearning, anger, and regret. Emotions are often surprising in their strength or mildness. They can also be confusing. One person may find themselves grieving a painful relationship. You might feel some relief if the person who died was suffering.  

There are no rules, no timetables, and no linear progression. Some people feel better they have begun the grieving process after a few weeks or months, and for others it may take years. And during this process there may be setbacks-this process can’t be controlled. However, you can feel as if you have guidance and some preparation on how to navigate it.  It’s critical that you treat yourself with patience and compassion and allow the process to unfold. There is no need for you to feel alone in this process.

My training on grief and bereavement has been a priority in the last 10 years.  I am certified in compassionate bereavement care. This means I am trained and believe grief is a normal response to a horrible event such as death.  I use current evidence-based practices in traumatic grief, and I am based in a non-medicalized, non-pathologizing, mindfulness-approach. Bereavement counseling is based in the ability to be non-judgmental about how your grief or why you grieve.  Grief counseling will allow you to learn to support your participation in healthy, grief-related activities according to your comfort level.