Grief and Loss
Grief is not just sadness…
Some days, grief can feel like rage building up within you while on other days all you feel is a persistent numbness. Perhaps you feel fearful or even guilty as a result of what has happened. Maybe you feel a sense of dread anticipating a loss that will happen sometime in the near future.
Grief is a natural part of the human experience. It is normal to feel strong and painful emotions as a result of a loss.
People grieve for a limitless number of reasons, so intense emotions such as sadness, fear, guilt, emptiness, and anger may occur. Regardless of what emotions you experience and how challenging or easy different days seem, your grief process is unique to you.
The ups-and-downs of grieving a loss can feel like a rollercoaster. Some days, you might feel “okay,” while other days it might take everything you’ve got just to get through the day. When the intense feelings and hard days seem unbearable, it’s easy to slip into feeling hopeless. You do not have to stay in this space forever.
Are you starting to feel stuck in your grief? Does it seem like intense feelings are so persistent that you are struggling to find hope? With the right tools and support, healing can occur.
How do I know when it is time to get support?
Grief can occur before, during, and after a loss and every person responds differently. Some common instance of loss include:
- death of a loved one
- loss of a job
- separation from a partner and/or divorce
- loss of a friendship
- diagnosed with a life-altering illness
- serious illness of a loved one
- loss of a pregnancy
- loss of a particular way of life
If you have experienced a loss and are trying to cope with your grief, keep an eye out for these signs to know if it is time to seek help:
- feeling that life is meaningless
- excessive avoidance of others
- difficulty experiencing any positive emotions
- difficulties with functioning at work or at home
Grief can be a complicated journey, but the process can become one of hope and healing. Let us help you take your healing to the next level so that you can get back to living life in a way that feels meaningful and fulfilling.
We Can Help!
At Restorative Counseling, we will partner with you to assist in your grieving process to make sure that you feel well-supported, safe, and capable of exploring your loss. You do not have to face this journey alone.
Whether you have just recently experienced a loss, you are trying to cope with a loss that happened sometime in the past, or you are anticipating a loss in the near future, we will provide an opportunity for you to gain the tools and skills that will help you navigate this trying time.
Our team will assist you in processing your grief at a pace that feels right for you, ensuring that we maintain a focus on your personal goals for healing. While the grief you feel may seem insurmountable at times, there can be hope.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.