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    Bereavement & Grief Counseling

    Grief and bereavement are very difficult topics for everyone. Bereavement is the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger, despair, and deep, deep sadness. While everyone will encounter some form of loss or bereavement at some point in their life, no two people grieve alike.

    Depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors the process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person Symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional, or social.

    Common symptoms of grief include:

    Physical

    • Crying and sighing

    • Headaches

    • Difficulty sleeping

    • Loss of appetite

    • Body Aches

    • Fatigue

    • Weakness

    • Loss of interest 

    Emotional

    • Difficulty experiencing joy

    • Feelings of worry or anger

    • Feelings of sadness and yearning

    • Feelings of frustration or guilt

    • Preoccupation and rumination about the loss

    Social

    • Difficulties engaging in normal activities (school/work)

    • Feeling detached from others

    • Sel-isolation from social contact

    • Behaving in ways that are not typical for you

    Every grieving experience is different. It is a process of learning to live in a changing world. A person may be able to continue their day-to-day routine after one loss, yet not be able to get out of bed after the loss of someone else. Whatever your symptoms are, counseling for grief and bereavement has been proven to help. 

    How Grief & Bereavement Counseling Can Help?

    When you’re ready to talk, we’ll be here to listen. Working with a therapist can help in identifying what one can expect while recovering from the loss of a loved one. Grieving is an intimate process unique to each person. Likewise, no two individuals will take on the same healing journey. Healing can come in many forms, such as exploring ways to honor your loved one and feel connected. It can also be exploring pathways to a “new normal” by developing the coping skills to re-engage in various aspects of your life. Even if you aren’t fully sure what healing could look like for you, grief and bereavement counseling is an important step toward discovering what will bring you the most strength and comfort at this time. 

    Through this experience, you can expect to receive:

    • Validation of your feelings and unconditional respect

    • Guidance through self-discovery 

    • Opportunities to share stories of your loved one and process your loss

    • Development of new coping techniques

    • Exploration of ways to honor your loved one

    We understand that no amount of counseling can reverse death or loss, but a therapist can help walk with you through the grief. 

    What if I Don’t Feel Ready to Talk About it?

    At The Mindful Practice, we understand that talking to a therapist about your grief can seem like a big step. Grief brings about a spectrum of feelings and experiences, and it can be intimidating to make yourself vulnerable to them. Sometimes, a loss can feel simply too great to process. Grief and bereavement counseling can provide a safe, unbiased environment where you can ease yourself into discussions about your loss, free of any set expectations or judgment. Sessions will consist of a focus on the issues you’d like to explore at the pace you are comfortable with. By working with a therapist, you will find that there are many ways to process grief without also having to experience emotional distress or turmoil. Our goal isn’t to help you “move on” – our goal is to help you move forward.

    If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact us today. If you are still feeling unsure, our therapists are available to help you clarify any questions, thoughts, or concerns you may have. You don’t need to go through this alone. Contact us today for a free consultation.