Throughout the course of our years, we all experience a loss at some point in our lives. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them before 18 years of age. Feelings of grief and loss are not always associated with death, however, but commonly surface after a loss of some kind – whether it is the loss of a loved one, a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job.
When a person loses something or someone valuable to them, feelings of grief can be overbearing. Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb by affecting them mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s important to understand that healing from grief is a process and everyone copes with this emotion differently.
Many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving, but be sure to have patience with the individual (including yourself) throughout the entire process.
An alternative treatment method includes psychotherapy. Through psychotherapy, a patient may:
- Improve coping skills
- Reduce feelings of blame and guilt
- Explore and process emotions
Consider seeking professional support if feelings of grief do not ease over time.
We, as humans, cannot skip past bereavement. We must move through it. I will be by your side. I will listen to the stories of the person or pet you lost. I will listen to the anger about how unfair life can be when someone is taken from you. I will listen when you have positive days and return the following week having a horrible day of sadness. I do not want to sound grim but I must be honest. Bereavement is just horrible. Now here is the positive: if you are grieving, it also means you are living. If you are grieving, it also means you have a large capacity to love. You do not have to say good-bye to the love you have for your loved one. Counseling can help you use that SAME LOVE in the life you continue to live.