Death is something that every person will have to deal with at some point in their life. But, just because it’s common, that doesn’t make it any easier. Every person deals with deaf differently depending on a number of factors. But, there is no correct way to grieve someone you’ve lost. Experiencing the death of loved ones are the most trying, challenging times of life. And, recovery from grief can sometimes be more difficult to come by for some. For people dealing with grieving that need extra support, grief therapy can be of assistance.

Southcoast Psychiatric Services offers bereavement counseling for individuals dealing with all types of grief.

Some of the Things Grief Counseling Won’t Do

Before getting additional support for the grieving process from professionals, it’s important to understand that counseling won’t solve all of your problems. However, it can assist you with processing emotions tied to your grief, helping you work through the grieving process.

Some of the expectations you shouldn’t have for grief therapy include:

  • that it will let you forget your lost loved one
  • hat it will let you run away from the pain that comes with grieving
  • that it will change who you are as a person

Some Signs Grief Therapy May Help You

There are a few things that can help you determine whether or not grief therapy may help you or a loved one. Some signs that a person may benefit from this type of counseling may include:

  • Losing a Loved One: Signs That Grief Therapy Can HelpTrouble with concentration
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Self-destructive behaviors like substance use, gambling, etc.
  • Lack of sleep or too much sleep
  • Experiencing panic attacks
  • Having suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Avoiding loved ones and social gatherings
  • Loss of interest in past hobbies/passions
  • Experiencing nightmares
  • Having invasive, unavoidable thoughts
  • Trouble accepting that the deceased is truly gone
  • Experiencing multiple losses in a short timeframe
  • The constant longing for and grieving for a lost loved one
  • Reduced appetite and fasting
  • Mood swings and aggression
  • Experiencing unexplained physical ailments
  • Lack of motivation

What You Can Expect From Grief Counseling

Now that you know what you shouldn’t expect from grief therapy and who it may help, you can begin understanding what to expect from this type of support. Some of the things you’ll work on during grief therapy sessions may include:

Accepting the Loss of Your Loved One: One of the first major steps to the grieving process, which allows you to move forward and heal, is acceptance. Often, when someone experiences a major loss, grief doesn’t hit all at once. Instead, you may be feeling numb, or unable to truly process how you feel. So, the first step to grief counseling is helping to understand and accept what you’ve lost.

Recognizing Trauma and Learning to Manage It: Identifying your unique experience with grief can help to determine the best method of approach used in treatment. This means identifying the specific trauma you’ve faced associated with your grief. This can include witnessing the death of your loved one, having guilt associated with the death, and other things that may have happened as the result of your loved one’s passing. Working to identify your individual trauma is important so you can then work on managing the feelings you experience as a result of this trauma. And, begin to heal and move forward in a healthy way.

Sharing Your Feelings and Experiences Associated With Your Lost Loved One: Finally, another important aspect of grief counseling is remembering your loved one. During counseling sessions, you can feel free to share your thoughts and feelings with a professional, which is a helpful outlet during the grieving process. This can help you manage the feelings and emotions you have, instead of warding them off and letting them fester. Thus, giving you the motivation to continue your mental health journey.

Bereavement Counseling at Southcoast Psychiatric Services

If you’re struggling with the loss of someone close to you and have experienced some of the symptoms signaling that you could benefit from professional help, Southcoast is here for you. We offer a number of mental health services, including bereavement counseling.

Find out more about what we do and how we can help by reading more on our website. And, give us a call today to get started on your journey towards healing at 561-241-6628.