Therapists in Our Practicing Offering Support for People Experiencing Grief Following a Loss

Have you experienced a loss that you continue to struggle with?

Sometimes loss can be a truly life changing experience. 

Grief is a universal human experience, and when faced with loss, individuals often find themselves grappling with a wide range of emotions, from sadness and anger to confusion and numbness. In these challenging times, grief therapy emerges as a powerful tool to guide individuals through the intricate maze of emotions, fostering healing and resilience.


Recognizing the symptoms of grief is an essential step toward understanding this complex emotional process.

Symptoms can include:

Intense Sadness and Emptiness:
One of the hallmark symptoms of grief is a profound and overwhelming sense of sadness. Individuals experiencing grief often describe a feeling of emptiness, as if a part of them is missing.

Denial and Shock:
Initially, grief may be accompanied by a sense of disbelief or shock. The mind may struggle to accept the reality of the loss, leading to moments of denial or a feeling that the loss is not real.

Anger and Irritability:
Grief can be accompanied by a range of intense emotions, including anger. Individuals may feel anger toward the situation, themselves, others, or even the person they lost. This anger can be expressed verbally, emotionally, or even physically.

Profound Longing and Yearning:
Grief often brings about a deep sense of longing and yearning for the person or thing that has been lost. Individuals may experience pangs of longing for their presence, companionship, or the way things used to be.

Difficulty Concentrating:
The mental toll of grief can result in difficulty concentrating and focusing on daily tasks. The mind may be preoccupied with thoughts and memories related to the loss, making it challenging to engage in normal activities.

Changes in Sleep Patterns:
Grief can disrupt normal sleep patterns, leading to difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restful sleep. Some individuals may find solace in sleep, while others may struggle with insomnia.

Physical Symptoms:
Grief is not solely an emotional experience; it can also manifest physically. Symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, and aches and pains are common physical expressions of grief.

Guilt and Regret:
Individuals experiencing grief may grapple with feelings of guilt and regret. They may replay events or interactions leading up to the loss, wondering if they could have done things differently.

Withdrawal and Isolation:
Grief can lead to a desire for solitude and withdrawal from social interactions. Individuals may feel the need to process their emotions privately or find it challenging to engage with others during this difficult time.

Spiritual or Existential Reflection:
Grief often prompts individuals to reflect on the larger meaning and purpose of life. Questions about existence, mortality, and spirituality may become more prominent during the grieving process.



Who is grief therapy for?

Grief therapy, also known as grief counseling, is typically for individuals who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or experiencing intense grief and bereavement. It can also be beneficial for those dealing with other types of losses, such as the end of a significant relationship, loss of a job, or any major life change that triggers feelings of grief and loss. Grief therapy aims to provide support, coping strategies, and a safe space for individuals to process their emotions, adjust to their new reality, and eventually find meaning and healing in their lives.

There are many benefits to accessing support with grief and loss...

Validation of Emotions:

Grief therapy provides a safe and non-judgmental space where individuals can express and validate their emotions. This validation is essential in a society that sometimes expects people to "move on" quickly after a loss. Therapists help clients understand that all emotions are valid and part of the natural grieving process.

Understanding the Grieving Process:

Grief is a complex process that unfolds differently for each person. Grief therapists possess the expertise to guide individuals through the various stages of mourning, helping them comprehend their emotions and reactions. This understanding is empowering, as it allows individuals to navigate their grief more effectively.

Coping Strategies:

Grief therapy equips individuals with coping strategies tailored to their unique needs. Therapists teach practical techniques to manage overwhelming emotions, stress, and anxiety. Learning healthy coping mechanisms is crucial for fostering resilience and preventing prolonged emotional distress.

Preventing Complicated Grief:

Unresolved grief can lead to complicated grief, a condition where the mourning process becomes prolonged and debilitating. Grief therapy intervenes early, helping individuals process their emotions and preventing the development of more severe complications, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Rebuilding Meaning and Purpose:

Loss often shatters one's sense of meaning and purpose. Grief therapy aids individuals in rebuilding a new sense of purpose, helping them find meaning in their lives after a significant loss. This process is vital for fostering personal growth and moving forward in a positive direction.

Enhancing Communication:

Grief can strain relationships, as individuals may struggle to communicate their emotions to others. Grief therapy provides a platform for open and honest communication, not only within oneself but also with friends and family. Improved communication facilitates a better understanding of the grieving person's needs and feelings.

Encouraging Self-Compassion:

Grief therapy emphasizes self-compassion, helping individuals treat themselves with kindness and understanding during this challenging time. It challenges self-blame and encourages a more compassionate self-view, promoting a healthier mental and emotional state.