Loss is one of the hardest life truths we face. Losing a loved one or someone else precious can feel like life stops for you but continues for friends or family who either are experiencing their own unique grief or perhaps stopped checking in. Whether the loss was sudden or expected, recent or years ago, it is possible to move forward through it.
Grief can be immediate impact or arise years after, especially if you were not able to mourn at the start. Grief can be anticipating the death of a loved one or receiving a life-changing diagnosis. Grief can also be complicated, which isn’t always said: With the number of complex relationships life, not every death is straight forward. So your bereavement might also need to include honest process about how the relationship was not always perfect or ideal. Having a sacred space to come to with your grief is healing and connecting.
You might be experiencing:
- Sadness and crying, anger, betrayal, emptiness, guilt, numbness, complex mixture of emotions
- Loneliness, isolation
- Feeling that friends or family can’t relate or support you fully
- Difficulty making decisions, distractions
- Feeling unable to function in your typical work and social life
- Confusion about why you are “still” sad or angry
- A lovely fuller list is here
I believe much of grief work is allowing your emotions to be present and release while also learning new ways to support this unique experience through connection, ritual, and remembering. In therapy I will hold space for you so that whatever arises is not judged, and all aspects of yourself and your loved one can be honored. You will discover new ways to move through the loss and difficult emotions while retaining the loving memories of your departed.