Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.
The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and the nature of the death & the circumstances surrounding the loss. In some cases grief can be prolonged and complicated by traumatic loss, lack of closure or inability to say final good byes or guilt related to unresolved issues with the individual who has passed away.
The current COVID19 pandemic has resulted in traumatic loss, complicated grief and bereavement for many individuals and families today. Not only has COVID19 resulted in unexpected loss of life, the restrictions in place preventing loved ones from being at the bedside in the hospital or nursing home along with limitations on the numbers of people who can attend funeral services has contributed to a lack of closure.
Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.
A few common symptoms in these categories are:
- Crying and sighing
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of sadness and yearning
- Feelings of worry or anger
- Feelings of frustration or guilt
- Feeling detached from others
- Self-isolation from social contact
- Behaving in ways that are not normal for you
Every grieving experience is different. 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 personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.
Grief and Bereavement Counseling can:
- Help you identify your feelings and process your emotions related to loss
- Assist you with finding ways to say good bye, find closure and peace
- Teach you strategies for how you to honor the memory of your loved one while making meaning of the loss
- Prepare you to making new, meaningful connections and enhancing your social support system to decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation
If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact me today so we can schedule an appointment.