Loss or Grief

Grief is the emotion that you feel after a significant loss, such as the death of a loved one.  You may feel many different painful emotions as part of the grieving process. Feelings of shock, sadness, heartache, anger, depression, anxiety and denial are a few of the more common symptoms, but grieving is highly personal and each individual will have a unique experience and timeline.  Although typically thought of as an emotional experience, the stress of grief can also result in physical problems like insomnia, changes in weight, lack of energy, and general aches and pains. There is no right or wrong way to grieve but a mental health professional can help you to find healthy ways to cope with the pain and, ultimately, to move on.

Local Experts in Loss or Grief

Grief and loss is often associated with the death of a loved one or a beloved animal companion but there are many painful losses that may go unacknowledged by others. Grief is personal and the process is unique to each individual but everyone experiencing loss should have the loss acknowledged, the experience validated, and support to help identify their strengths and resources to promote healing.

It is sadly a part of our culture that a mindful and respectful dialogue about death, loss and the inevitable passage of time is lacking for most of us. I bring years of study, reflection, philosophy, and a little bit of humor, to the topic that we all must face.

With a background in depth psychology and mindfulness, I am well equipped to support you as you work through the pain of grief and loss. What is needed in these situations is someone with tremendous compassion and the ability to be with pain without judging or trying to fix anything. The grief process is unique for every individual. I will respect and honor your process of moving through it.

For over 10 years I did hospice work, helping loved ones and patients in deep grief. I can help you cultivate your own inner resources through psychotherapy, mindfulness and self-compassion. As painful as it is, it can be a doorway if we let it open.

Loss and grief are a part of life and I treat it effectively by using analytical skills and knowledge. It is often an underlying issue that many people bring to therapy.

I have helped clients express grief over the loss of partners, friends, family members, the ability to have a baby, and pets. I have come to learn that grief comes in myriad forms. I maintain safety and expertise in providing a venue for clients to be heard and express the pain of profound loss.

There can be so many types of losses - loss of community or job, death of a partner, child or other loved one, pregnancy loss (through termination, stillbirth, miscarriage). I allow time for full expression of grief, recognition of all of the losses that are attached to it and then, gradually, allowing for the slow building of meaning, purpose and healing.

I am experienced working with individuals, children, and families in processing grief and loss. I believe in the resiliency of people, that we all have a natural pull toward healing; but that sometimes people get stuck, and need additional support or guidance in working through a loss. I am a skilled practitioner who can support you or your family during this time.

Our mission is to create a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive space for clients to process losses. We help clients process and heal from single loss, complex or long-standing grief.

Joe began his work in the field of grief and loss over 30 years ago in the early days of the HIV epidemic. He has also been the mental health consultant to several hospices. He specializes in working with Parents who have lost children.

Whether it be the loss of a job, family member, or change in relationship, I can provide the support and assistance to help you through this difficult transition.

Everything changes, we know that, but we have such a difficult time letting things go. Our work together will help you grieve well so you can live well.

Grief and loss are a part of life that we all must face sometime, in some capacity. I have several years experience working with client's who have experienced: the death of loved one, a loved one killed through violence, parental divorce, relationship break-ups, life changes. Loss is traumatic and confusing, and it can be very helpful to have someone to help you process your grief.

Grief is a deeply personal experience, and everyone processes thier grief in their own unique way. There is no right way to grieve, no timeline on which we can mark when grieving 'should be over,' no roadmap of what to expect after a loss. My work with clients experiencing loss is to validate all of their responses as right for them, and as a necessary part of the transformational process.

Grief exists in many forms from a loss of a dream or opportunity, personal power, a loved one, a health diagnosis or impairment. It is vital that you have a safe and supportive place to process feelings of anguish or sorrow and in time arrive at healing. Much of my clinical work has centered around loss and navigating transitions with a commitment to honor your experience with compassion.

Terminal illness for the individual is a grieving process, from the incremental losses that come with disease progression to to ultimate loss of the future they imagined. For the bereaved, grief is not a linear or step-wise process and has no time limit. It is unique to each individual and experience and can be extremely complicated. Loss & grief come from many experiences across our lives.

Losing someone or something you love can feel overwhelming and isolating. I work with you to process your grief and discover creative ways to honor the person or thing you\'ve lost. Grief is not a one-size-fits-all process, and I respect your unique needs as you grieve.

Coping with the loss of someone or something that you love is one of the biggest challenges people can face. The pain of loss can feel overwhelming. Many people may experience all types of unexpected emotions. If you are experiencing different emotions following a loss, it might help to know that your reaction is natural. I help guide you through your loss in a safe and trusting environment.

My experience in working with grief has focused on both supporting those grieving the death of a loved one from illness or accident as well as the loss of a pregnancy or still birth. Grief is often present in major life changes as well, from moving to divorce to career changes. I can help you understand your own personal grief process, it's challenges and lessons, as you walk this path.

Grief and loss is, at it's core, a loss of connection. My work in this area focuses on creating an environment where you can mourn your loss, identify where connection has been ruptured, and begin to imagine what life will be like moving forward.

Over the past 10 years I have been honored to work (in a massage therapy capacity) with people suffering great loss such as death of a loved one, end of a significant relationship, or an abrupt ending of a career. I have learned through experience how to assist people in creating a narrative around the event that allows them to find peace.

\'Grief counseling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief, overwhelmed by loss to the extent that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counseling --art or verbal therapy, can facilitate expression of emotion and help to reduce the feelings of isolation, numbness and distress, by slowly processing feelings that arise.

Death and bereavement are universally inescapable events that we all have to face; no matter how much we resist. Individuals may experience suicidal thoughts, numbness, or the disconnection , which interferes with daily activities. What we do with that indentation gives us strength or hinders us from living.  Some clients need a higher level of support and this is where I can come.\n

While we will all experience losses in our life, each person's story is unique. I provide context and connection to other's experiences, while providing space to each person as they determine their own meaning and direction after loss. My work has spanned supporting people through pregnancy loss, the loss of a child and the death of a life partner.

In the past I have led support groups for teenagers dealing with the loss of an immediate family member. Currently I provide individual counseling for teens and adults dealing with the difficult and complicated feelings that come with grief and loss.

Grief is a natural and healthy response to loss; whether that loss is of a loved one, a relationship, a job, or ability. There is no correct way to grieve, and no ideal timeline, however; sometimes we need someone to sit in the pain with us and hear us. I help clients make meaning of the loss and find a way to move forward.

I am a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C). My certification is from the American Academy of Grief, a subsidiary of the American Institute of Health Care Providers.

Life is full of losses. Most of us were trained to suppress our feelings and get over it. The people who taught us were folks who couldn\'t manage their own feelings. Grief in the face of loss is normal and deeply human. There\'s no right way or timeline to process our feelings. Therapy offers support so you can both feel, and learn to care for yourself in these deeply human, challenging times.

A large percentage of the children and adults I see are seeking help with grief reactions or loss experiences, either contemporary or a past history of early loss. Trained as a psychoanalyst, I\'m able to help patients access unprocessed grief that has been hidden away or not accessible for other reasons. I receive referrals from the Dougy Center for children and families with loss through suicide

I use a Grief and Recovery handbook

I have lead support groups for individuals experiencing loss and grief and find this work particularly rewarding. I hold a safe and compassionate space where clients can share their feelings and experience around their loss to work towards healing and hope.

Children and teens who are experiencing grief due to a death, separation, significant family change, and other losses.

Grief and Loss are frequent 'clients' of mine. Whether they arrive in the wake of losing a loved one, a pregnancy or a child, a relationship or a marriage, an ability or a dream, they are needed allies to integrate difficult life experiences and deserve nurturing and attention.

I have a lot of experience helping people with grief and past trauma. \nThere is no grief like the grief that does not speak. -Henry Wordsworth\n

You don’t work through grief, it works through you. Continuing bonds is a model of grief that acknowledges that for many, we work to change but not let go of our attachment to those we have deeply loved. We don\'t relinquish the emotional bonds. Death ends a life but it does not end a relationship.

To live is to experience loss. Grieving is a necessary and natural process; our culture and busy lives don\'t always support this process and people can get really stuck. Personally and professionally, I have a great deal of experience in helping people move through their grief process.

Loss, grief, & bereavement take many forms & can have a lasting impact on who we are & how we see & be in our world. Whether our loved one is human or a special animal relationship, processing & healing after loss is essential. Through rituals, expressive work & myriad ways to remember & honor the connection shared, a new place to hold our love safe & secure can be created, treasured & maintained.

Loss and grief do not only apply to the death of a friend or family member. This issue can be a common hurdle for most, especially regarding life transitions and changes out of one\'s control. My own life experiences, and collaboration with the Dougy Center, pet loss support groups, and individual work with those who have lost a loved one, all provide me with tools to support others at this time.

I have a decade of experience professionally and personally with the process of loss and grief. Using thoughtful, compassionate, empathic therapy in conjunction with body awareness and breathwork, I can help you feel less traumatized by the pain of major or minor loss and grief. My hope is that my work with you will help you integrate your experience into a richer and more profound life right now.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or tapping is a holistic method to reduce or eliminate negative emotions, worry, and grief in the body and in the mind.

Loss is inevitable and causes great suffering.There is no time frame for grief. It takes as long as it takes. Don't go at it alone as it can be so horribly painful. Being able to talk with a skilled grief counselor can help you process around your losses and understand your own process around grieving as grief is different for everyone.

'The tragedy is not that we suffer, the tragedy is that we suffer alone.' Grieving the loss of a loved one may be the hardest thing you ever do -- you don't need to do it alone. Through one-on-one counseling and/or bereavement groups, you can heal the hole in your heart and live a life full of vitality once again.

We encounter many forms of grief in our lives. I have conducted bereavement groups for those who have lost loved ones. I am also attuned to the grief that accompanies a lost childhood (for instance, when a parent has major mental illness), or lost innocence (the sense of safety, for instance, that disappears due to abusive or chaotic upbringing).

I have worked extensively with grief and loss issues in a number of settings. Life transitions of letting go and moving forward can be some of the most important work you can do to transform your emotional well-being and overall health.

As a suicide loss survivor and outreach volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I have worked with many people who have experienced the devastating loss of a death by suicide, in addition, to those losses from divorce, illness, job loss and aging.

Loss and grief are normal and painful events in everyone\'s life. We have lost someone or some thing that was an important for our sense of ourself. This always leads to the question of \'who am I now.\' And we do not know the answer and fear we never will. Talking and sharing our experiences can help as we discover we are still someone familiar and worthwhile.

Grief is a part of the human experience, yet when the pain of loss reaches our own life it can be isolating, paralyzing, scary, and feel as if the aching may never end. In our work together, I will offer warmth and hope and help you find ways to integrate grief into your daily life in a sustainable way.

Skilled at providing grief counseling and able to help people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Loss and associated feelings of grief are commonplace in our human experience, yet there is no adequate way to fully prepare ourselves for the pain of losing a loved one. When you lose someone, your empowered choice is to find compassionate support who can help you explore your feelings, and grieve openly and completely in an atmosphere of safety. You deserve this.

My primary professional interest has been to learn how to be present to people as they grieve their losses. Often, well-meaning loved ones want to rush the bereaved through their pain, as it can seem settling and unsettling. Grief is a part of life that few of us learn to do well, and I help people move through their grief, honor their losses and learn how to move forward at their own pace.

A hollow emptiness often characterizes the inner world of grief. This direct experience of mourning is the balancing act of a lifetime. My approach to understanding grief is to turn toward this empty space and to seek meaning within the loss. While this is a profound undertaking that presents as pain mad misery, it is often the challenge that serves our purpose with compassion.

Grief can be complex, bringing up a range of emotions, and the course of everyone\'s grief is unique. I will honor and support your process, offering gentle possibilities for ways to engage your experience to share, feel, and do what feels authentic and important. And by following that thread of what emerges, relief and healing can become possible.

I have experience helping clients process and recover from loss and grief including grief from losing family members, significant relationships, and pets. I apply the lens of Worden\'s Four tasks of grief and have specifically studied this method in Graduate training.

Grieving is a normal response to a loss. A loss can include the loss of a loved one, your normal daily routine due to the impact of an illness, loss of your younger self, of a relationship, even job and financial loss to name a few. All of these losses can impact how we function day to day. If you feel that you can use some extra support to deal with your losses a therapist can help.

Supporting individuals and families around loss is a privilege. Grief has a life of its own with its own timeframe. I offer a safe and loving environment to bring your grieving process.

Whether it is the loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, or health diagnosis, life is full of loss and grief. Even life changes such as moving to a new city, ending a career, or completing a project we are passionate about can bring on manifestations of loss and grief. Having a place to make sense of these changes in a supportive environment is how I support clients through this difficult time.

I work with people who have lost loved ones to suicide, accidents and age related medical illness and premature death to cancer and other sicknesses. In addition, I've helped people who have lost jobs, marriages, connections with family and friends and more.

There are so many kinds of loss and grief . . . divorce, death, illness, failure, and poignant missed opportunity. They are a part of the life cycle and can not be avoided or overlooked. Instead, they become markers of change that can help inform us and inspire us to meaningful ways of living. I can work with you and your family to integrate grief and loss into your bigger life story.

Loss is diverse and grief is complex. I believe we deal with many forms of loss from loss of a job, a relationship, an ideal, a life. My approach is sensitive, I meet people where they are at in in there process of grief and we move through the stages of mourning in a healthy and grounded way. I draw on my clients strength and resilience to approach the very difficult emotions that come up.

One of the most common presenting issues is relationship loss. I have extensive experience helping people navigate through this kind of loss. I also have significant experience working with loss of parents as well as working with the survivors of a suicide.

Loss and Grief touch each and every one of us at some points in our lives. It is one experience we cannot avoid. My years at Hospice counseling people as they were dying and supporting their families in saying goodbye had a profound effect on the way I work. Grief comes in many forms: death of a loved one, divorce, lost dreams, infertility, and many others.

Throughout my practice, I have had the privilege to sit with my clients as they recollect their longing for a person who has died. Our culture tries to hurry this process of grieving and I understand the length of time one goes through as they process the enormity of a loss of an attachment . Additionally, there are other losses besides death that create grief, we process these difficulties.

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