Losing someone or something you love is very painful. After a significant loss, you may experience all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, and guilt. Sometimes it may feel like the sadness will never let up. While these feelings can be frightening and overwhelming, they are normal reactions to loss. Accepting them as part of the grieving process and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve - but there are healthy ways to cope with the pain. You can get through it! Grief that is expressed and experienced has a potential for healing that eventually can strengthen and enrich life.
Every loss is different in some way, but grief often shares common characteristics of leaving people feeling isolated by feelings of sadness and loss. By seeking help with your grief either individually or in a group you can find validation and feel like you are not alone.
There are people who for different reasons do not want to participate in a grief-support-group. They may find this for example too difficult, too much an invasion of privacy, or the session time is conflicting with other obligations. Grief-work can now be provided on-line, by means of Skype, as well. Distance, physical ability, and other factors my be a reason to use modern technology when a face-to-face setting is a challenge.
Individual Grief Work
Group Grief Work
A grief-support -group consists of a maximum of six participants who meet once a week to share their feelings and experiences related to their grief in a group setting. Participation comes with the obligation to be present at every session since the group-members rely on each other for support. The group is lead by a grief counselor who will direct that each participant gets time to speak and share experiences, but also provides information about grieving so that the group better understands what may happen.
Grief-work applies to people who experience and express their grieving within a frame of expected emotions, sensations, and experiences. Those emotions, sensations, and experiences may differ in their order of occurrence and intensity, but they remain within what is expected.
For some people the grieving may become complicated. This may be due to a whole range of circumstances and causes. Never should this be an obstacle to grieving, but it will require special guidance and often addressing the underlying circumstance and cause of the complication. This should be done in individual sessions with the help of a qualified grief-counselor.
(Grief-therapy is needed when either the duration, intensity, emotions, sensations, or experiences are not within the range of what is to be expected. Also existing physical and psychological factors may play a role, just as past deaths, suicide and violent deaths may have a strong influence on how a person grieves).
Individual Grief Therapy
Each person will be asked to participate in a one-on-one intake, without charge, to assess what approach might benefit the person involved the most.