Grief and Loss

Artwork by Alison Lambert

It is natural to feel upset and struggle to cope with daily life when you are experiencing grief and loss. If you are feeling ‘stuck’, or the symptoms have been going on for some time, it is perhaps time for you to seek professional help.

I can carefully and sensitively support you through the stages of grief and loss, which can involve talking about your loss as well as identifying, expressing and resolving any feelings of anger, guilt, sadness, helplessness, and anxiety.

Grief

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is expressed in many ways and can affect every part of your being – your emotions, thoughts and behaviour, beliefs, physical health, sense of self and identity, and your relationships with others. It can leave you feeling sad, angry, anxious, shocked, regretful, relieved, overwhelmed, isolated, irritable, and numb.

Grief has no set pattern, and everyone experiences it differently. Some people may grieve for weeks or months, while others may describe their grief as having lasted for years. Through the process of grief, however, you begin to create new experiences and ways of life that work around your loss.

Loss

Loss is what people experience.  However, it is also creates emotions, behaviours and thought patterns.  It has a broad range of potential outcomes, and their degree of impact on our lives is dependent on the level of importance of whom or what has been lost. The more significant the loss, the greater the potential need for empathetic and professional guidance through the grieving process.

Grief and Loss Counselling

Grief and Loss Counselling is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people cope with grief and mourning usually following the death of a loved one. However, while bereavement is certainly one of the most difficult situations people face, we can also find ourselves struggling with grief and loss in other circumstances, particularly in regard to life changes. These may include:

  • Family breakdown (separation and divorce)
  • Relationship breakdown (partners, family, friendships)
  • Being diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness or disability
  • Miscarriage or infertility/inability to conceive a child
  • Loss of a pet
  • Loss or potential loss of employment
  • Moving to another state or country

Often people ‘put on a brave face’ or ‘function to the best of their ability’ by burying their grief, and concentrate on ‘what needs to be done’.  However, the longer an emotional or psychological difficulty remains unaddressed, the greater the potential there is for it to have a negative impact on a person’s overall quality of life.

Artwork by Alison Lambert