What is Processing Grief?
Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. People in grief experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness, even depression. Grief can also adversely impact your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, and focus. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.
The death of a loved one is how most people view grief, which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief, including:
- Divorce or relationship breakup
- Loss of health
- Losing a job
- Loss of financial stability
- A miscarriage
- Death of a pet
- Loss of a cherished dream
- A loved one’s serious illness- or a child being different-abled
- Loss of a friendship
- Loss of safety after a trauma
- Selling the family home
To have a reaction to a loss is a natural part of griefand we will help you process and make sense of what you are going through. If the person, animal, relationship, or situation was significant to you, it’s normal to grieve the loss you’re experiencing. Whatever the cause of your grief, though, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss, find new meaning, and eventually move on with your life.
The grieving process
In therapy, we sit with you and help you process your grief. We can listen to favorite memories of the person or thing that you lost, or the hopes and dreams you had. We can help you find healthy ways to honor your loss and to make meaning out of your experiences. Grieving is a highly individual experience and we will support you through your own process. Your grief process is influenced by many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and how significant the loss was to you. We understand this and will support you in grieving based on who you are.