How can grief counseling help you heal?
Within the context of grief therapy, clients began to realize the normalcy of their grief while sharing their story with other bereaved individuals or with a grief and loss therapist. Although extremely painful, grief is a normal process of accommodating to the new life that has to be lived in the absence of a loved one. Bereaved loved ones begin to realize the anger, questioning, and disbelief, they are experiencing, is actually a very healthy and adaptive part of the grief process, as well as a natural course of coming to acceptance. We are programmed by our biology to yearn for our lost loved ones and to be resistant to acceptance of such a grave loss.
Grief is unique to each individual; it is a process that can take weeks to years.
With help from counseling, clients can more quickly began to see that most bereaved individuals manage to get through the worst of their grief and continue to function and to find meaning in life. Only a very small percentage of clients experience intense, persistent, disabling life-altering feelings that ultimately interfere with the survivor’s identity, sense of self-worth, feelings of security, safety or hopes for future happiness. The likelihood of unresolved feelings returning years later can be diminished by dealing with the loss directly early in the process.
So don’t hesitate to start your journey to find peace and joy again by reaching out and sharing your story within the context of a mutually respectful, growth-fostering counseling relationship.