The loss of a loved one or of a meaningful relationship is often a devastating and painful experience. Many difficult and uncomfortable emotions are usually experienced in its aftermath. Some of these emotions are shock, anger, guilt and depression. It may feel like the sadness will never go away or let up. Although these feelings can be overwhelming and frightening, they are normal reactions to loss. Accepting them as part of the grieving process and feeling these emotions is a necessary first step towards healing.
Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience which depends on an individual’s personality, coping style, life experience, faith and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time, and healing happens gradually – it can’t be forced or hurried. There is no ‘normal’ timeframe for grieving, and it varies greatly from person to person.
How can grief/bereavement counselling help?
- Offers a space where feelings of anger, guilt, fear, anxiety and sorrow can be expressed
- Provides support to individuals working through the various stages of grief
- Helps to process, understand and come to terms with the painful emotions which accompany loss
- Helps to think creatively about the challenges that follow loss and how to best cope with them.