Grief is a normal and natural, though often deeply painful, response to loss. The death of a loved one is the most common way we think of loss, but many other significant changes in one’s life can involve loss and therefore grief (e.g loss of a relationship). Everyone experiences loss and grief at some time. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be, although this can be a very personal experience with individual variation. For some people they experience symptoms of or feelings of loss months or even years after it has happened.
Each individual experiences and expresses grief differently. For example, one person may withdraw and feel helpless, while another might be angry and want to take some action. Knowing that these emotions are common can help them seem more normal. No matter what the reaction, the grieving person needs the support of others. The process of grieving in response to a significant loss requires time, patience, courage, and support. However, it may be time to seek help if any of the following apply to you:
- You don’t feel able to cope with overwhelming emotions or daily life.
- The intense emotions aren’t settling.
- You’re not sleeping properly.
- You have symptoms of depression or anxiety.
- Your relationships are suffering.
- You’re having sexual problems.
- You’re becoming accident-prone.
- You’re caring for someone who isn’t coping well.
Expressing yourself and talking is often a good way to soothe painful emotions. I can help to provide a safe, caring space for you to discuss this.
Contact me to see how I can help you.