Grief and Loss

Throughout our years, we all experience a loss at some point in our lives.  In fact, statistics show that 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them before 18 years of age.  Feelings of grief and loss are not always associated with death; however, grief often surfaces after a loss of other situations such as a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job.

When a person loses something or someone valuable to them, feelings of grief can be overwhelming and confusing.  Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb;  affecting you or someone you love mentally, emotionally, and/or physically.  It’s important to understand that healing from grief is a process and everyone copes differently.

It is also important to know that many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving; please have patience with the individual (including yourself) throughout the entire process.

Therapy may:

  • Improve coping skills
  • Reduce feelings of blame and guilt
  • Explore and process emotions

Consider seeking professional support if feelings of grief do not ease over time.

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