Dealing with Grief: Bereavement Therapy

Grief is the emotional suffering you feel when someone or something you love is taken away. Grieving is people’s natural response to loss. Often, you will feel overwhelming pain. It is likely that you will also experience other kinds of unexpected and difficult emotions like anger, disbelief, shock, and profound sadness.

The pain of grieving can also significantly disrupt your physical health, making it extremely difficult for you to eat, sleep, or even think straight. Understandably, the more significant your loss, the more intense your grief will be. Coping with the loss of someone you love deeply is one of life’s most difficult challenges.

What are some of the common symptoms of grief?

Loss affects people in different ways. However, most experience the same symptoms when grieving. It is crucial to keep in mind that anything you experience in the early stages of the grieving process is normal—including feeling like you’re in a bad dream, questioning your spiritual or religious beliefs, or feeling like you’re losing your mind.

Emotional symptoms of grief

  • Shock and disbelief
  • Guilt
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Physical symptoms of grief
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Aches and pains
  • Compromised immunity

What are some of the reasons people grieve?

While grieving is often associated with the death of a loved one, friend, or even a pet, the truth is any loss can cause grief, including:

  • Loss of health
  • Losing a job
  • Relationship breakup
  • Divorce
  • Retirement
  • Miscarriage
  • Loss of a friendship
  • Loss of safety after a trauma
  • Loss of a cherished dream
  • Loss of financial stability

Even subtle life losses can sometimes trigger a sense of grief. For instance, you might experience grief when graduating from college, moving away from home, or changing jobs. Whatever your loss is, it’s something that’s personal to you. So, don’t be ashamed about how you feel.

What is the grieving process like?

Grieving is an individual experience. It is important to keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. How you grieve will depend on many factors such as your coping style, personality, faith, life experience, and how significant the loss was to you.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain: the grieving process takes time. You need to allow grieving to happen gradually. You can’t force it. There is no normal timetable when it comes to grieving.

While some people can start to feel better in just weeks, others might take years. To get back on their feet. Whatever your experience is, it is important to be patient with yourself and to allow the natural grieving process to unfold.

How can I help you deal with your grief?

Regardless of the cause of your grief, it is reassuring to know there are healthy ways to cope with the pain including hypnotherapy. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please get in touch so I can help. My goals would be to ease your sadness and help you deal with your loss so you can find meaning and face life again with renewed hope and positivity.