What Is Grief Counseling and Is It Right for Me?

Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one? If so, you’re likely experiencing a wide swath of emotions.

You might even feel like shoving those feelings down and ignoring them altogether. Yet studies show that ignoring grief can result in illness and even prolonged despair.

To work through your loss in a healthy way, you may want to consider grief counseling. Keep reading for an overview of the counseling process, along with some key reasons why reaching out to a counselor is a good idea.

What Is Grief Counseling?

Grief counseling is a healthy and effective way of dealing with grief.

It shares a great deal in common with traditional talk therapy. In most instances, grief counseling occurs on a one-on-one basis, with the therapist using psychotherapy as a basis for helping his or her patients.

Why Seek Grief Counseling?

You’re upset, but is grief counseling right for you? If your grief is impacting your life in a disruptive and negative fashion, yes.

Psychologists agree that grief is an intensely complicated process that everyone experiences in different ways. Since there are many ways to move through the process, it’s possible to get ‘stuck’ during certain stages of what the Kübler-Ross theory calls The Five Stages of Grief.

These stages include:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Each is important in its own right and contributes to overcoming the grief process. Grief counseling can help you walk through each stage in a way that works for you.

What Are the Benefits?

We believe that grief counseling is a fantastic resource for those who recently experienced a major loss. Here are just a few things you’ll take away from your time in counseling.

A Healthy Emotional Outlet

First and foremost, grief counseling provides a safe environment to process your emotions.

If not handled in a healthy manner, it’s easy for emotions to spill over into other aspects of our lives and wreak havoc. These emotional struggles can result in risky behavior, addiction, and mental health struggles.

An Understanding That You’re Not Alone

While grief counseling traditionally begins as a one-on-one exercise, you may benefit from a group setting.

Coming to terms with the fact that grief is something everyone goes through can put things into perspective. While it won’t minimize or erase your pain, group counseling can show you that there are other people experiencing the same emotions.

Sometimes, that solidarity is all that’s needed to kickstart your progress.

A Chance to Learn from Others’ Experiences

Group counseling is a great way to learn from others too. Since grief never truly stops, some people continue to attend group sessions years after their initial loss.

Those who continue attending are as valuable as a trained psychologist. Fellow grievers can share resources for dealing with grief and provide a shoulder to cry on in your time of need.

Healing Through Grief Counseling

Grief counseling can be a tremendous opportunity to work through complex emotions. Even if you’re still hesitant, give it a shot.

And remember, we’re here for you. If you have questions about the grief process, funeral arrangements, or wish to make a monument to your loved one, get in touch with our staff today.