Losing someone or something you care about can be very painful. Death and loss are an inevitable part of life, however there remains no right or wrong way to grieve. In Newfoundland, we each have our own methods for coming to terms with bereavement and grief.
At times, significant loss can leave us with emotional scars and affect our mental health. Obtaining grief and bereavement counselling can help you find healthy ways to cope with your loss and continue moving forward.
Grief counselling can help when you experience …
- loss of a loved one
- pregnancy loss – miscarriage or abortion
- fertility issues
- loss of a job
- loss of a relationship
- empty nesting
- personal injury
What is bereavement?
Bereavement is the experience of coping with the grief of loss. While people often associate it feeling sad during the death of a love one, it can also include other life events such as the loss of a job, a relationship and fertility issues.
While there is a recognized stages of grief, we all manage the symptoms of grief differently. People may experience some or all of the stages during the bereavement process. Most often, the first response is one of shock or disbelief, followed by a denial to accept the loss. Feeling of anger and guilt can be experienced followed by fear, sadness and loneliness.
Some of the symptoms of grief include:
- low mood
- loss of motivation
- withdrawal from friends and family
- change in appetite
- physical pain
How can grief counselling help?
Our therapists can help you navigate your loss and provide you with the support and skills needed to …
- understand the stages of grief
- develop strategies to cope with your loss
- work though feelings of pain, loneliness, anger and guilt
- re-adjust to your new life while respecting what you have lost