BereveamentWhen a loved one dies it can be the single most distressing experience that we will ever face. We can be unprepared for the physical and emotional reaction to our loss and find ourselves overwhelmed by the enormity of our feelings.
There is no ‘normal’ way to grieve, but studies have shown that we may go through stages of shock, denial, pain, anger, guilt and longing and finally an acceptance, a moving on, but without leaving the person who has died behind – rather taking them and their memories with you.
Sometimes though, it feels as if you are stuck, moving between the stages, whilst people around you seem to expect you to have ‘got over it by now’. Talking to friends and family is an important part of expressing grief and coming to terms with it. For many different reasons it may not be possible to do so – you may be concerned with burdening or upsetting them, or they may be dealing with the grief in their own way.
It can be helpful to talk to a counsellor who isn’t personally involved, someone who understands the grieving process, understands that it takes as long as it takes and will be there alongside you on your journey.
I offer a safe, confidential quiet place to talk about your loss. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.