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
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.
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
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.
\'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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I approach grief with education, support, and intuition. I find that the most challenging part of grief for people is the unpredictability and the loss of control that is felt as grief tends to take over various areas in people’s lives. To grieve is to acknowledge the loss of something significant in your life while also applying coping mechanisms.
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.
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.
Helping others through bereavement is also something that I am passionate about. I believe each person needs to be heard in their time of grief and loss.
I have a background in bereavement support, including working directly with people in hospice. I have a specialization in adjustment to disability, which often involves a great deal of loss and grief.
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.
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
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.
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.
Western culture is very death phobic, and as a result, most people do not have a framework by which to navigate endings of all kinds. The death or ending of anything asks that a person do more than simply observe. I aim to support and assist the navigation of endings, and the expression of grief that best honors the ending being done.
Continuing education and training focused on healing, and growing through, the myriad of ways we experience loss and grief in our lives.
Death is the cradle of life, but most of us have sever death-anxiety and death-phobia. Whether you are in mourning, in a dying or disease process, or being called to work with death in some way, I provide support and wisdom for this process.\nMy personal experiences stem from drowning at a age 3 and struggling with near-fatal diseases in my 20\'s and 30\'s, and my spiritual work with Sante Muerte.
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.
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, disappointment, and grief are inevitable parts of being human. My experience and training in navigating these difficult times will support you to emerge with renewed hope. Working through the stuck places you encounter along your journey to healing will bring you insight and wisdom you’ll be able to apply to all aspects of your life.
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.
I have been employed in Hospice and work in the medical field. I have used EMDR for bereavement and grief.
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.
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.
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.
Worked with clients dealing with grief and loss with training in this area via CACREP accredited graduate program
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Grief and loss shows up in everyone’s life in some way. It can be loss of a loved one, a dream, a relationship, and much more. You may wonder if you\'ll ever feel like yourself again. I offer you warmth and understanding that there is not one right way to grieve. In our work together, I hope to help you learn to honor your loss in a way that allows you to be present and thrive in your life again.
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.
I worked in Hospice in NYC with families and children as well as with communities of color during the height of the AIDS crisis.