Grief & Loss
Grief & Loss Counseling
The loss of a family member or loved one is without a doubt one of life’s greatest difficulties. Unfortunately, death is also one of life’s certainties; we are all likely to suffer the loss of a loved one at some point in our lifetime.
Experiencing the grieving process is key to understanding and accepting the loss of the individual in your life and being able to move forward with hope and optimism for the future. While everyone experiences grief and loss differently, common signs of grief include:
- Loss or impending loss of a loved one, family member, or pet
- Pervasive sense of sadness without relief
- Withdrawal from family, friends, and normal activities
- Trouble sleeping and/or poor appetite
- Feelings of guilt about actions taken or not taken with regards to the loved one
- Disbelief or denial of loss
- Anger at self or others
- Spiritual distress, including questioning of faith and anger at God
- Physical reactions, including tight feelings in the throat and chest, oversensitivity to noise, breathlessness, muscular weakness and lack of energy
- Major physical, emotional, and cognitive changes
Grief is an intensely complicated emotion, and can look and feel different for every individual. Furthermore, loss can be experienced in any number of ways, each having a different impact of the grief cycle to follow.
Individual adults losing a parent to a long-term illness or old age may have a different mourning experience than losing a child to illness. Unexpected deaths, death of a partner or friend, death of a child or parent, terminal illnesses and death by suicide will each bring up a unique combination of emotions for those left behind.
All losses are painful, and each of these scenarios brings with it a different set of questions and reactions.
There is no correct or ideal way to grieve the loss of a loved one, and there is no set timeline for the grief process. Grief is not always finite, either; the loss of a loved one is permanent, and the grief you feel for their absence may always linger, waxing and waning with the passage of time.
Hopefully, with time, grief will become manageable and one can begin to return to their daily activities without being held back by feelings of sadness and loss. However, if symptoms of grief remain intense for long periods of time and begin to interfere with the daily functioning in your life, it may be time to seek help.
At Symmetry Counseling, we can help you through the grieving process. Our therapists are experts in the process of loss and death and are able to provide culturally sensitive grief counseling.
We understand that each loss is unique and every individual has their own manifestation of grief. Together, we will guide you through the grieving process, helping you to accept the reality of loss, work through the pain of grief, and learn how to move forward with understanding and grace while still honoring lost loved ones.