Counselling for Bereavement
There is nothing as painful as losing a loved one. I empathise. We all experience loss during our lives, so I know and value the importance of sharing your grief with someone who is right there with you, metaphorically holding your hand. You are more than welcome to come to my practice, in my home, for a chat, free of charge and see how you feel about it all.
The word Bereavement comes from the ancient German for ‘seize by violence’. Sometimes when someone dies it can feel just like that – like that person has literally been snatched violently from you. These feelings can be there whether you’ve known for some time the person was dying or whether it was quite sudden.
Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit or right or wrong way to feel. The impact of losing someone close to you is personal . As with all emotional matters, everyone’s experiences will be different.
A really effective way of being supported during the difficult days is through bereavement counselling. Talking about loss often allows a person the space and time to adjust to their new life with all it’s changes – good and bad. As with everything keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness and confusion just prolongs the pain. Any loss has to be acknowledged before we can move forward.
Bereavement counselling helps clients find a place for their loss so that life can go forward until acceptance. With acceptance comes new hope. It is important to stress that there is a balance to be sought between starting again and keeping the person who was so loved alive in the memory in good comforting, positive ways. Enjoy the memories, don’t deny them. This will take time. Accepting the loss, experiencing the pain, trying to adjust to life without a loved one takes all your energy. This energy can slowly be put in a new place I.e. moving on.
Counselling can hold your hand all the way through. You don’t have to do this alone.