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Grief and Loss

As we navigate through our lives, our experiences change us. People may change our career, values and interested and find themselves growing as an individual. If partners struggle to adapt to these changes we often find an increase in conflict and misunderstanding.

Bereavement Counselling

Is Grief and Loss Only for Death?

We don’t just experience grief when dealing with death. There are many types of grief, including secondary grief caused by estrangement, financial concerns, worldly loss, illness and injury, institutional losses, relationship loss, and more. 

Grief is a normal response to a loss during or after a significant life event. Grief can happen in response to the loss of life and drastic changes to daily routines or stability. Common grief reactions include Shock, disbelief, denial and anger.

 

Common Reactions to Grief:

For many, some of the most common reactions to grief are:

 

  • Feelings of disbelief, confusion, anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, guilt and relief

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Loss of appetite.

  • Depression

  • Loss of concentration

  • Mood swings

  • Lack of interest in daily life

  • Numbness 

  • Shock

 

Grief can bring up confusing and complex emotions. Some people experience guilt or remorse about time not spent together; others might experience relief that a loved one is no longer suffering. Other people might feel irrational anger towards the person they’ve lost for leaving them – even if they didn’t have a say.

 

What are the stages of grief and loss?

There are many stages of loss and grief, including:

  • Denial

  • Anger

  • Bargaining

  • Depression

  • Acceptance

 

Thus perhaps the most critical and demanding stage in a grieving process is acceptance — not some intellectual recognition but a fundamental reversal of a rigid, aggrieved perception of the world. This reversal is no easy task, especially without help. Our experienced counsellors use various Cognitive Behaviour Theories combined with Positive psychology theories to assist in dealing with loss and grief situations.

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