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.
I have specialization working with clients who struggle with problems related to grief and loss, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Grief and loss does not look or feel the same for everyone who experiences it. And grief and loss can be associated with not only losing a loved one but also a relationships ending, difficult life transitions, loss of employment, and many other challenges life presents. With support in developing the tools necessary, individuals can better cope with loss and still lead happier lives.
I have experience with individuals/couples working through terminal illness, traumatic accidents, death of loved ones, cut-offs from family, infertility, stillbirth and birth trauma, cancer and other losses.
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.
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.
Loss, grief, and the accompanying feelings of overwhelming despair can seem unbearable. Sharing and integrating this suffering, however long it requires attention, can result in movement towards a new relationship with the opposite pole of embodied love.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Losing a loved one is never easy. Everyone processes loss differently and in their own time, but counseling can help with that process when it feels like it\'s too much to handle.
My area of expertise is in grief and loss -having worked in Hospice and an Outpatient Cancer Center. Grief and loss encompasses life transitions, divorce, job loss, chronic illness and, of course, death. Grief is a natural, normal process and my role is to offer support, validate (normalize) and companion people through this process.
Most of us know that there are expected aspects of grief and loss. What we often don't realize is that OUR WAY of grieving is just that, it is OUR way. We cannot compare to find a 'right way'. We do need permission to allow the experience to unfold. And then we watch, in time, as Intensity, Duration, and Frequency of the pain changes. The loss is forever. The quality of our sadness changes.
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 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.
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.
'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.
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.
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 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.
Loss and grief are experienced for many reasons, sometimes even every day. I consider being an expert in loss or grief a necessity as a counselor. My training includes my particular approach as a counselor and spirit worker, which focuses on building emotional awareness and resilience, and creating ritual around change and transformation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 co-facilitated a grief group for middle school students with a clinician from the Dougy Center. The group was specific to students who had lost an immediate family member. I\'ve also done a lot of personal reading about grief and loss.
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.
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.
Part of the human experience is having people and experiences in our lives come and go like the ebb and flow of the tides at the beach. If we fight their occurrence, we are assured misery, but how does one learn to embrace unwanted losses? I provide a safe, accepting space for individuals to process through their loss and learn tools to manage the impact on them.
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.
I have been employed in Hospice and work in the medical field. I have used EMDR for bereavement and grief.
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.