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Bereavement & Loss

Bereavement, or experiencing loss, is a universal experience but can be like having a piece of your world disappear. It's the deep sorrow that follows when someone you love passes away or when a significant part of your life changes dramatically. Understanding bereavement is the first step in navigating the complex emotions that accompany loss.

Common grief responses

Recognizing the range of emotions that can accompany grief is essential. It may involve sadness, anger, guilt, or even relief. Common responses include a sense of numbness, disbelief, and yearning. Acknowledging these emotions allows individuals to navigate the grieving process with self-compassion.

Coping strategies

You might feel overwhelmed by the desire to fight against the pain, withdraw from the world, seek connection with others, or become immobilized by grief. Identifying your coping mechanisms and finding meaning in the loss can aid in navigating through the grieving process.

Not just the death of loved one

Grief can stem from various sources, not just the death of a loved one, for example grief can be a typical response to the end of a significant relationship, or a profound life change such as job loss or moving home. Understanding the specific cause of grief helps individuals process their emotions and adjust to their new reality.

Trauma & Grief

Trauma can be intertwined with grief, especially in cases of sudden or violent loss. Experiencing trauma during the bereavement process can complicate the grieving journey. Understanding the intersection of trauma and grief is crucial for addressing the emotional impact and facilitating healing.

How therapy can help

Engaging with support systems and therapy can be instrumental in navigating grief. Friends, family, and support groups provide emotional comfort and understanding. Therapists working with grief offer a safe space to express emotions, explore coping strategies, and find meaning in the midst of loss.

In therapy, individuals can work through the complexities of grief, addressing unresolved emotions and adapting to their new situation in life. Integrative approaches may include traditional counselling, grief-specific interventions, and mindfulness practices.

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