Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one.
Grief is a reaction to any form of loss.
Both encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger, and the process of adapting to a significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to what was lost, and other factors.
If an individual's grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings are extremely distressing, protracted, unrelenting, or cause concern, a qualified therapist may be able to help. Therapy is an effective way for individuals to learn to cope with the stressors associated with loss and to manage its challenges with relaxation and meditation techniques.
Each experience of grief is unique, complex, and personal, and therapy is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. For example, a therapist might help one find different ways to maintain healthy connections with the deceased through memory, reflection, ritual, or dialogue about the deceased.
As Therapists, We Can Help You To:
-identify and express feelings related to the loss.
-create and begin to live a fulfilling life.
-separate emotionally from the person who died and begin new relationships.
-assist the bereaved in accepting the loss.
-provide support and a specific time to focus on grieving.
-allow the bereaved to better understand his or her methods of coping.
Learning to adjust to life changes is an important part of therapy.