Grief

Grief is the feeling of deep sorrow that occurs after a loss. This is most commonly associated with the death of a loved one but can also include; loss of a job, a home, or a relationship. Grief is complex and takes time to work through but it is important to give it the attention it needs in order to find true healing from loss.

“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ashes.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

Grief is so different than other forms of suffering. It’s one treatment where time along with facing it head on, is the most effective. There are five stages of grief including; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance……And unfortunately, you just have to go through them…But I can come alongside you and go through it with you.

So how do I get through this?

As stated above, a large part of grief therapy is processing through it, going through all the stages of grief, and giving it time. Individual therapy is very helpful when dealing with grief because it provides a safe place and an objective person to help. I also tend to use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to teach exercises that help clients regulate emotions in a healthy way. This helps them to grieve and process but still function as they need to in their everyday lives.

Group therapy or support groups may also be helpful. Finding other people who understand your loss and can relate to you can be very powerful.