Care And Support For Bereavement
By supporting our clients through the various stages of grief, counselling proves instrumental in easing the pain and struggle attached to bereavement. As well as providing emotional support throughout the therapeutic process, our therapists assist clients in acquiring deeper insights into the denial, bargaining, anger and depression stages involved, in order to transcend the grieving process and attain acceptance.
Educating our clients about the complex effects of grief, facilitates conscious awareness of the process involved and the personal suffering incurred. In order to move through bereavement in a more harmonious way, our therapists go through the pragmatic processes attributed to loss, which improves the overall functionality of the grieving client.
The Five Stages Of Grief
Bereavement, Loss, and Grief
Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most agonising life events a person can experience. Whether facing the shock of a sudden death or dealing with the hopelessness attached to terminal illness, unfortunately some situations in life are beyond our control. The pain attached to bereavement can feel overwhelming and there can be great difficulty in adjusting to life without the departed person and coming to terms with the loss. The emotional upheaval that accompanies loss is very common, yet so many are unaware that such emotions are normal responses in the context of grief. They are simply necessary responses in the paradigm of healing.
The Grieving Process
Although grief is mainly associated with death, there are many other life events that incur loss. People often go through a similar grieving process (albeit unknowingly) over the loss of a relationship, a friendship, a job, financial security, loss of identity, a role or a lifestyle. In such cases the severity of the loss can be as significant as a death and can induce similar emotional responses for those involved. As the grief process is non-linear in nature, thestages can therefore emerge randomly, simultaneously, cyclically or can even affect the bereaved indefinitely. As a result, people often feel as though they are digressing in their healing, as opposed to progressing.
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When the grieving process entails confusion or inner conflict over the deceased, it is classified as complicated grief. In cases like this, the complexities attached to grieving can create obstacles in terms of the bereaved individual attaining closure. For instance, estranged or conflict/abuse-based relationships can leave unfinished business and unresolved issues pending.Under these circumstances, counselling and psychotherapy can helpbring about the necessary closure around such issues.