Grief is a reaction to a bereavement or any form of loss. Both encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger, and the process of adapting to a significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to what was lost, and other factors. No one way of grieving is better than any other.
Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. Some people recover from grief and resume normal activities within a year, though they continue to feel moments of sadness. Sometimes people continue to grieve for years without seeming to improve or find relief even temporarily. Grief can be complicated by a range of other factors; past unhappy memories, lack of support or conflict in relationships, too many other stressors or emotional demands – some of which may remain unresolved.
The term complicated grief refers to a persistent form of bereavement that dominates a person’s life, interfering with daily functioning for an extended period of time.
How counselling may help you:
Counselling can offer an opportunity to make sense of the complex emotions impacting on your day to day life. It can enable you to share experiences that others struggle to hear or don’t realise are still worrying you. It can help you to understand yourself better and find self acceptance.