Grief & Loss Counselling

Grief associated with a loss can be heart wrenching, confusing and sometimes overwhelming. Finding the way forward may seem impossible. When you experience loss, it is completely understandable to feel like you are struggling to cope as you move through the often-turbulent emotions associated with grief. During these times, you may find yourself alternating between disbelief, anger, sadness, confusion, resentment and loneliness. These emotions may only last for a short period of time, however in some instances, they may go on for an extended period without showing signs of easing. If this is happening to you, reaching out to a counsellor can help you to make sense of your loss and assist you to move beyond the emotions you are experiencing.

Moving on from loss can be a difficult experience, everyone reacts differently and there is no right or wrong way to behave. It is important that you have supportive people around you who understand and can help you through this highly emotional time in your life. Being able to talk openly about your loss, explore how you feel and express any fears you may have for the future, will go a long way towards helping you take control of what happens from here on.

When we think of grief, we usually associate it with the loss of a loved one however there are many other forms of loss which can lead to considerable distress. These can include:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Losing your job
  • A significant injury
  • Terminal illness
  • Loss of mobility and independence
  • Selling your home
  • Moving away from family and friends
  • Breakdown of a friendship
  • Miscarriage
  • Inability to have children
  • Death of a pet

Reaching out to a counsellor can significantly help with the process of healing. Through grief and loss counselling, I will help you to learn about the cycle of grief, assist you to understand your emotions and provide the support you need as you progress along the path towards acceptance and peace of mind. Together we will also identify support networks to help you during this difficult time, examine changes in your lifestyle and build upon your strengths in order for you to move forward and live a fulfilling life.