BereavementIt is a sad fact of life that at some time we will all lose someone that we love, or care for. It may be a parent or grandparent, a child, a sibling, a friend or colleague that we have been fond of, or someone that we have a deep attachment to. Losing someone can cause profound feelings of loss and grief that are not always easy to cope with and each person will experience this in a way that is unique to them. For some, the passing of time will help them to recover; for others the journey is more complicated and can have a profound effect on their ability to process what has happened. This can be compounded if the loss leads to unresolved feelings about the way things have occurred, or, about the nature of the relationship. Everyone is affected by bereavement in a different way and there are understandably no right or wrong rules to experiencing grief, whether it is from the past or more recently.
Therapy for Bereavement
Therapy can offer a thoughtful, safe place to explore what has happened, and to think about the effect this has had on you. At times the sense of sharing these feelings of loss can help to address the deeper issues you face, and, provide time for thought and reflection. The therapy can assist you by offering a neutral, compassionate and non judgemental space where you can explore and express the feelings you are experiencing. The therapist can support you in facing the difficulties, and in gaining a perspective that may help you feel that things can become manageable.
Benefits of Therapy for Bereavement may include:
- A sense of sharing and not being isolated.
- Time, for reflection and memory.
- Personal space to explore the effect on you.
- An opportunity to for self nurturing and healing.
- Relaxation and stress reduction techniques.
- Isolation and sadness
- Confusion and bewilderment
- Grief and loss
- Feelings of anger and despair
- Stress, anxiety or sleep difficulties