If you’ve experienced the death of a loved one or someone close to you, whether it is recent or years ago, you may be feeling lost, confused and anxious as to how you will cope with your loss and the deep-seated grief that you’re experiencing.
It’s not just the profound sadness and pain that people feel when dealing with grief & loss, it can also be several other feelings including guilt, shame, regret, anger, depression and anxiety. These feelings are complex and can be debilitating in their intensity. It can feel like you are going crazy at times (but you are not). Please know this is normal.
Grief can be all consuming and life changing and that’s why it’s important to work through the challenges of grief & loss by practising self-compassion, kindness and patience with yourself.
Grief & Loss Counselling
Grief and loss counselling gives you an opportunity to truly open up to someone who is 100% there to support you and guide you to helping you cope with the overwhelming thoughts and feelings you are experiencing. This can be a relief and help you to cope better with the challenges of grief & loss. It means you can still live your life and do the things that need to be done whilst you are grieving.
Grief is complex and all-consuming at times which can make you feel mentally and physically exhausted. Grief & loss counselling with Adelaide Counselling Practice can assist you with understanding what your wants and needs are and how to look after yourself better.
Grief & Loss Counselling provides you with a safe, private and supportive environment for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings openly with a counsellor who is able to listen attentively without judging you and without telling you how you should feel or what you should do.
Healing After a Loss
When you are grieving a loss, this is the time for self-care and for being compassionate, gentle and kind to yourself. Grief counselling can help you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings and to learn coping strategies and skills which can help you to function better in all aspects of your life.
You will learn that the intense pain and sadness you are experiencing is normal and even though we all grieve in our individual ways there are also commonalities in how we all experience grief and loss. At some stages you are likely to feel shock, disbelief, anger, depressed and struggling to accept what has happened.
You may also find it difficult to function daily with work, relationships, sleeping, eating and relaxing.
A grief and loss counsellor can also help you with maintaining and strengthening an ongoing connection with your loved one in a healthy and helpful way. Even though the person who has died is no longer physically with you, they continue to live on in your memories, your heart and in your environment.
Grief is an ongoing process and it is one of the most stressful parts of our lives. You will learn to live with the death of your loved one in time. No one can tell you how long it will take.
However, it is important to know that you can seek help at any time and doing grief and loss counselling with Adelaide Counselling Practice is a good first step in starting to gradually recover and heal from your loss.
Finding a Counsellor in Adelaide
If you’ve faced the loss of a loved one and you’re looking for some help and guidance to navigate the grief process, then contact the friendly and supportive counsellors and psychotherapists at Adelaide Counselling Practice on (08) 8237 0509 or send us a message through our Contact Form.