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

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

We all experience loss in our lives whether it is the loss of an influential person, job or experience. We even experience loss and grief with \'good\' things happen, we move, have the birth or adoption of a child, get a new job, etc. We often need help and compassion to sort through the various feelings and process the steps to help us move into places of acceptance of our new situations.

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.

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.

\'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.

Grief is fluid and the emotions that one can experience in this state can be volatile and difficult to face. Using art therapy in the grief process for any age is a safe container to externalize feelings. In our sessions clients are often able to find words for thoughts and feelings they may not have understood in previously.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Life is a series of losses, but most people are not prepared for the impact of significant losses on their psyche and sense of well-being. If you have recently experienced the loss of someone close, a relationship, or a dream, I will help you to come to terms with the loss and rediscover joy in life at a pace that will not rush you through your grief.

I have worked with grief and loss quite a bit over the years. While I can't change the pain of what/who you lost, I can give you a space to feel the feelings you currently experience as disabling, and through understanding and advice empower you, as you are able, to create meaning and new life out of your loss.

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.

Experiencing loss and grief can be considered an effort to meet or do justice to the fullness and complexity of ones relationship to what has been lost, and to the experience of loss itself. Framing grief in this way can facilitate relating to it and weathering the pain involved in the process of healing.

Throughout life, we face many losses that can make it difficult to function. Whether someone is facing the loss of a child, a loved one, a relationship or even a job or home, I help individuals work through grief that leaves them feeling helpless, lost or perhaps paralyzed with sadness. I work alongside you, to help you get to a place where you feel like yourself again.*Certified in Pregnancy Loss

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.

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.

Grief is a normal part of a loving life, but it can be a time of confusion, isolation, and terrible emotional pain. Mourning the death of a loved one, or even an acquaintance or a change of life, can bring to the surface thoughts of one\'s own mortality and vulnerability to further pain. It can be complicated. Often there are collateral losses- changes in finances, community, and identity.

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.

Identity, financial, housing, lifestyle, life role, health, change or loss in relationship(s), job loss\nDeath of family member, friend, companion animal/pet\nGrief associated with health diagnosis or change\n\n

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.

Have you recently gone through a breakup that has left you confused and sad? Lost a loved one or pregnancy unexpectedly? If you are struggling with the weight of your grief, I can help. Together, we can identify strategies to help you get through acute and chronic grief and provide a safe space to process complex feelings that come with loss.

Grief is often a result of losing something you love. Often we feel shame or guilt for not being able to 'get over' our grief. We might experience sadness, disappointment, frustration or anger along with it. Grief is normal and can take time to process. Sometimes it comes unexpectedly, even when we think we're 'finished' with it! Together we will honor your grief and develop coping strategies.

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

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.

I help people through losses of all kinds; be it a job, a marriage, a friend… The death or other loss of a pet can be like double jeopardy, That pet was part of your family and someone that you loved so much. But many friends can't understand why you aren't over it yet. They have no idea of the sense of loss, loneliness, pain, and sometimes misplaced guilt, that you are experiencing.

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

'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.

Unprocessed grief can hold us back from living. If you have suffered a terrible loss, we can work together to bring light and air in the wounded places, thereby releasing you to live more fully. Often sexuality is deeply impacted by grief because so many feelings are accessible through sex.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We experience many deaths in our lives, though we do not always acknowledge the grief that accompanies our losses. Grief work gives us new language to understand our experiences, and ways of evolving in relationship to our losses and our loved ones who have died.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Once again, I fall back on my experience. I believe Entheogens may be helpful with loss and grief. Again, lets talk. Perhaps I can refer you on with any of these concerns if we decide not to work together.

I am adept at helping clients deal with deep loss and grief. Together we explore the many impacts significant loss can have on any of us. I am skillful at helping clients piece their lives and their new sense of self back together into present-day in a whole new way. I help clients adjust to who they are now, post-loss, with a new relationship to the memory of what has departed.

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