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

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.

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.

Grief is often thought of in the most literal sense- as the emotion we feel when someone dies. There are a thousand different little “deaths” in our lives, though, that can lead to imbalance and pain. My clients have expressed grief around the loss of a partner, a job or faith. Using empathy and supportive listening, I can encourage you to move through the grief and come through stronger.

Grief/loss is a particularly special and delicate piece of the human experience and our understanding of mental health, as the process of grief/loss is universal, yet distinctly unique to each individual's felt experience. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. We all need space to allow grief to unfold in order to heal. We can discover your own unique, healthy and honest grieving process.

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.

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 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.

While grief is most commonly associated with the death of someone close to us, we may also experience grief around a variety of other life challenges/transitions, such as the ending of a relationship, job loss, parenting milestones, loss of a deeply held belief, or a move to a new place. I can help you face grief and loss with courage, allowing for healing and a deeper sense of meaning to emerge.

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.

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.

From personal experience I have learned that traumatic losses have to be grieved and processed well and thoroughly in order for us to survive and thrive. The loss doesn\'t have to be one that other people view as traumatic, it is what it means to the individual experiencing it. There is no timetable for grief: it takes what it takes. I am passionate about helping clients rebuild their 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.

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, it can often be the challenge that serves our greater purpose.

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.

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.

Through extensive personal and professional experience, along with on-going study, I have developed a finely tuned approach to grief & loss, as well as death & dying issues. I am especially adept with traumatic loss (suicides, violent or disturbing deaths) and with ambiguous loss, such as missing persons, loved ones in comas or dealing with Alzheimer's.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest experiences we ever go through. What makes it harder is feeling like you\'re alone in your grief, or that what you\'re feeling is wrong. I can help by validating how difficult the experience of grief can be, being present with you through painful emotions, and discovering ways to find closure while still honoring your loved one and your memory of them.

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.

Loss alway takes more from us than the person or relationship we\'ve lost, and grief doesn\'t happen in any one way or on any one\'s timeline. But with care and connection, there can be deep meaning and healing in even the most profound pain.

Understanding that grief and loss happens on many levels in a person\'s life is key. And, after caring for my husband for a year and then his passing, my depth of compassion has increased phenomenally. I come from a place of gratitude for the lessons that loss teaches and the power that grief gives us.

Grief and loss can come in many forms, due to many situations, both expected and unexpected. I work to help educate my clients around the different stages of grief and loss, and assist in identifying their own unique experiences, where they are at with coping, processing each emotion and feeling that is encountered, and find healing.

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.

When you lose someone you love, your life is forever changed. My training and knowledge provide me with the capacity to support you in your own transformation as your journey through these experiences.

Often we seek therapy to cope with changes we don't want, and facilitating self-compassion is the basis of creating space for grief and loss.

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.

Experiencing grief can be crippling, and is a very personal experience. No two people process grief in the same way. If you or your family suffer from loss it can feel unbearable and important parts of your life can feel small. I have been through grief and loss personally, and will use my unfortunate wealth of experience to support you and your family through it.

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.

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.

We experience loss throughout our lives and yet we naturally resist it. I have helped people mourn various losses in life and become open to new growth and experiences.

Grief is a highly personal experience and is often not a linear process. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, only your way. However, to undergo the process alone can feel very isolating. Counseling can assist in this process, so that you can effectively grieve in a way that allows for the building of new coping strategies and ultimately allow you to move forward.

I work with people that are grieving: Moving to a new city, breakup with a romantic partner, emotional cutoff from family, and especially survivors of suicide.

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

I specialize in the immigrant and refugee experience, and have worked for over twenty years as a cultural worker. As a first-generation Russian-American, I am able to understand and help individuals and families with tools to cope with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, acculturation shock, and other issues related to immigration.

Life is full of loss, and no two losses are ever the same. I work with individuals moving through the grief process by providing a safe place to be in pain. I will support you in being exactly where you are in the moment, fully exploring your experience and all the existential issues that arise in the face of loss. I facilitate grief groups and so know firsthand what tends to support healing.

I have been employed in Hospice and work in the medical field. I have used EMDR for bereavement and grief.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Grief can come from losses of many different types. While grieving these losses is a normal part of the healing process, sometimes we need a little help from a supportive and safe relationship in order to face those emotions and memories. I specialize in helping clients heal from these losses and become whole again.

As a board certified chaplain, I deal a lot with grief and bereavement, whether from death or other losses. I also help people resolve related issues such as forgiven, guilt, and anger, including anger at God.

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.

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).

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.

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