To experience grief and bereavement is to be human. The definition of grief is a profound mental suffering over a loss. The definition of bereavement is what follows, a period of mourning after a loss. Grief and Bereavement usually occur after the death of a loved family number or friend, the loss of an intimate relationship, a traumatic event or alienation from loved ones.
If you’re trying to find the “right” way to experience loss and grief, there is none. This only means that everyone experiences grief differently and thus, the time it takes to recover also varies. The pain can be overwhelming and emotions we experience during grief are confusing. Sometimes, we feel guilt over the emotions that arise as we grieve over the loss. An example of that would be experiencing anger, such as blaming the dead for leaving. This is normal and perfectly okay. It’s all part of the grieving process.
Grief & Bereavement Counseling
It can be beneficial to you to talk about what you are experiencing with those who care about you. It can also be helpful to speak about your experience with a therapist who understands the grief and bereavement process, since it would help normalize your experience. Sometimes, the intense grief causes us to withdraw from those we care about and other social relationships. It can also cause us to disengage from life and the activities we enjoy. These conditions of isolation and lack of motivation can develop into clinical depression. It is worthwhile to meet with a professional that can help recognize the signs of depression and you can consider a therapeutic intervention for your period of mourning if the need emerges.
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, or any other loss that has caused you to experience grief, we’re here to help. The therapists at Meridian Behavioral Health have all worked with grief and loss. We strive to provide the kind, emotional support that helps you through the process.
If you would like to hear from a counselor, contact our staff and request a phone consultation. Or just schedule an initial visit today.