Loss & Grief Therapy
It’s Time to Move Past the Pain that Won’t Go Away
- Do you feel stuck in Grief and anxious, depressed, angry, empty, traumatized or lost?
- Do you struggle to move on from the hurt of Loss of a loved one, a relationship, or a painful childhood, family estrangement and/or rejection, but find you can’t or don’t know how?
Unresolved grief is a major barrier to happiness and fulfillment.
Counselling can help you move past the pain of grief!
Grief is a normal and necessary – though painful – response to losing someone or something we love and treasure. Although every person grieves in their own unique way, there are some common features, including temporary preoccupation with the loss, sadness, fear, loneliness and disorientation.
How well you cope with grief will determine your emotional resilience and ability to rebound from the pain of your loss.
Although grief is a normal and ultimately healthy psychological process, it can become ‘stuck’, particularly in response to sudden or traumatic loss, or childhood neglect or abuse. Incomplete recovery from grief can have lifelong negative effects on your capacity for happiness and psychological well being.
If you feel stuck in grief, or your grief symptoms have been intensifying and more than six months to a year since your loss has gone by, counselling can help you recover from the pain and get your life back on track.
Glynis specializes in helping people overcome chronic, traumatic or socially unrecognized grief – aka ‘the pain that won’t go away’
Grief & Loss Counselling can Help Heal the Hurt of:
|Bereavement due to the death of a beloved person or animal companion, including sudden, traumatic death||Relationship loss – separation, divorce, common law and long term bonds|
|Longstanding grief in adults impacted by childhood abuse, trauma or neglect||Socially unrecognized grief, such as pet loss, death of a friend, early miscarriage, forced retirement, loss of same sex partner, chronic illness, etc.|
|Young Widows / Widowers mourning loss of family hopes & dreams||Loss resulting from family scapegoating or workplace bullying|
|Homicide or Suicide Survivors||Complicated aka ‘Stuck’ Grief|
|Anxiety and depression from unresolved grief||Multiple losses – recent or over a lifetime|
|Grief from providing care to disabled and/or terminally ill parents or other family members||Grief after exiting a cult or other authoritarian communities|
|Traumatic loss including violent crimes & other forms of victimization, accidents, chronic illness & disabilities|
About Chronic, Prolonged, Traumatic or Complicated Grief
Sometimes grieving people experience great difficulty coping with loss, and become overwhelmed by intense and persistent grief symptoms. In situations where loss has been sudden, traumatic or death is involved, approximately 1 in 6 people experience chronic grief, also known as complicated or incomplete grief. Chronic grief can also occur in response to unresolved childhood trauma, as well as present day situations such as the loss of an important relationship or job.
If you – or someone you love – see your loss as devastating or insurmountable, normal reactions to loss can become symptoms that interfere with life. For example, sadness and anger can turn into depression, bitterness, apathy or rage. Other features of chronic grief include a sense of disbelief regarding the loss, recurrent pangs of painful emotions with intense longing for a lost loved one, avoidance of situations that are reminders of the painful loss, and a preoccupation with thoughts of the loved one, often involving distressing, intrusive thoughts related to the loss. When your psychological coping skills become overloaded in this way, the healing process becomes blocked, and unhealthy grief takes over.
Left untreated, chronic grief is associated with negative health outcomes, which may include major depression, substance abuse and persistent illness.
If you find that your grief is intensifying over time – especially if you feel hopeless, traumatized, anxious or want to give up – you may be suffering from chronic grief. Fortunately people who are experiencing prolonged grief can benefit tremendously from counselling specifically designed to heal from this deep hurt. Therapy focuses on healing beliefs, thoughts, emotions and painful memories surrounding loss, while helping you recover hope and rebuild your life.
heal from the pain of chronic grief!
Are You Ready To:
- Overcome negative beliefs that contribute to chronic grief
- Free yourself from grief after going No Contact with abusive family members
- Overcome the grief of being rejected or unloved by family
- Stay present so you can grieve healthily and move on
- Let go of survivor guilt
- Feel calmer as you develop a deeper understanding and acceptance your emotions
- Prepare for life after loss
- Cope more effectively with the emotional upheaval of loss
- Put the heartbreak of your loss behind you so you can live for today
- Find personally meaningful ways to complete your grief and feel at peace again
- Overcome stuck grief so you can move on with your life feeling hopeful and content