Grief is a normal response to facing situations such as the death of a loved one, dealing with an illness or perhaps the loss or a relationship. Grief affects each person individually and everyone experiences and copes with loss in a different way.
Grief is normal and is a part of life. But, in the depths of grief, especially if alone, it is useful to be assisted or to be informed of ways to cope with grief and loss. And it can be comforting – even empowering – to find someone to talk to.
Counselling can help you manage and even overcome the symptoms relating to grief and loss by helping you understand and accept the factors underlying your emotional experiences and responses. Counselling can provide you with the skills to cope you’re your unique situation through an individualised therapeutic process.
Knowing when to reach out to a professional, or to encourage someone you love to reach out, can be a difficult step in itself. If thoughts and feelings associated with grief continue to persist in your daily life, and if they begin to affect your life, your work, or your relationships, it may be time to reach out. Equally, if you simply feel that you want or need to talk to someone else about your experiences of grief, counselling may be useful to you.