Grief and Loss

Whether you are grieving the loss of someone you loved, a former job or location or even a pet, you are likely to experience the feelings associated with loss. These can include anger, sadness and depression along with loneliness and despair. I carefully listen to your experience to gain a full understanding of how the loss has affected you. The grieving process is an important part to healing and adjusting to a life without the person you loved. Unresolved grief can lead to anxiety, depression, substance abuse and even health problems. I work with you to express your feelings in a tangible or creative way. If you’re not able to talk about your loss, it can be helpful to write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal as a way to express yourself. Together, we work through your emotions and address the areas of your life that the loss has affected. When you are ready to move forward, we look at healthy ways of coping with the loss and develop ways of progressing toward a more upbeat life.

Grief allows us to process our loss and adapt to our new reality. It’s a fundamental component of healing and accepting the loss. Understanding the importance of grieving helps us grant ourselves the permission to feel, to process, and ultimately, to heal.

I help guide you through your bereavement and help you rediscover meaning in your life while maintaining a connection with your loved one. We work through the various stages of grief and emotions associated with the loss. There is no one right way to grieve and you may find that what works best for you is very different than how others grieve. The length of time it takes you to grieve a major loss can extend far beyond the time it takes for others to grieve – but this does not mean that something is wrong with you. Grief is worked through on an individual basis, and the way that works for you is the right way.