Loss takes many forms. The death of someone we loved, loss of health, loss of a pet, losing a relationship, moving away from our home and even the loss of our dreams for the future. A loss is often followed by intense painful emotions called grief – the more significant the loss, the more intense the grief.
Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period. And even though we know for sure that sooner or later we all will experience loss, it is one of the events in life for which we feel most unprepared.
Bereavement counselling can help you with the following
- To help you, the bereaved, accept the loss by helping you talk about the loss.
- To help you to identify and express feelings related to the loss, i.e. guilt, blame, shame, anger, anxiety, helplessness and sadness.
- To help you to separate emotionally from the person who died and to take into consideration your own needs.
- To provide support and time to reflect on grieving at significant times, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
- To help you understand that the grief process is very individual and to provide continuous support as necessary.
- To help you understand your method of coping and what works best for you.
- To identify coping problems you may be having, to address them and to make recommendations on any further course of action that may be necessary.
- To address ways in which you can stay healthy and keep functioning.
- To help you re-establish relationships with others who may be going through their own grief process in a different way to yours.
- To help you develop a healthy image of yourself and the world.