GRIEF COUNSELING

  • Are you devastated by the death of a loved one?
  • Are grief and loss issues affecting your relationships, family, work?
  • Are you dealing with aging parents with multiple health issues, their loss of independence, dementia? 
  • Are you feeling the emotional pain of grief? Do you have feelings of anger, numbness, shock, sadness.

If you are having problems coping with grief it may be time to consider grief therapy. You may feel that you should be over this by now. People may be asking you, "Why are you still so sad?" "Why can't you move forward?" You may feel that you are grieving wrong. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Grief is a process. There is no timetable. It is personal and individual. You can feel better and you don't have to go through it alone.

Grief counseling can provide you with a healthy way to develop positive coping skills. Some relief can be found through expressing your feelings. The use of resources through books, music, meditation, art can create positive outcomes. Much of my therapy practice has focused on grief and loss issues working with the elderly and their families. With time and a caring, compassionate and sensitive approach you can heal and learn to cope with life's losses. Please feel free to contact me at 201-657-5682 to schedule a free phone consultation. 

GRIEF is a natural response to loss. It is a powerful emotional feeling. How strong the feeling depends on the intensity of the loss. The more significant the loss, the greater the intensity of the grief. Even subtle losses can lead to a strong grief response. Subtle losses might include the elderly moving to a more supportive environment, retirement, selling the family home. 

GRIEVING is personal and individual. It depends on the individual's personality, how one has coped with life's experience in the past and one's faith. Healing is gradual. There is no normal timetable. The process can take weeks, months or even years. It is best to let the process happen gradually.

MOURNING is the word that describes public rituals or symbols of bereavement. Symbols of bereavement might include the funeral, wearing black or flags being flown at half staff. Through mourning, grief is resolved. It is the process of detaching emotionally and having the ability to move forward and heal. 

BEREAVEMENT is defined as the period of mourning following the death or loss. The length of time and process of the bereavement period is also highly individual. No two people respond in the same way to a loss. How you respond is influenced by ethnic and religious traditions, personal beliefs, type of relationship, cause of death, the age of the person who died, whether the loss is sudden or expected.

LOSS according to the Oxford Dictionary is the fact or process of losing something or someone. Loss is a part of life. It represents the end of something. These emotional wounds need time to heal. The only way to do this is to go through the grieving process.