Grief & Loss

Grief, Loss & Bereavement

Grief is quite common and is the normal internal feeling one experiences in reaction to a loss, while bereavement is the state of having experienced that loss.

Although most commonly discussed in reference to the death of a loved one, any major loss—  a breakup of a relationship, job loss, or loss of living situation can result in a grief reaction.

The potential negative effects of a grief reaction can be significant and are often aggravated by grief triggers, events that remind the bereaved individual of their loved one, or the circumstances surrounding their loss.

The risk factors for experiencing more serious symptoms of grief for a longer period of time are related to the survivor’s own physical and emotional health before the loss, the relationship between the bereaved and their family member or other loved one, as well as the nature of the death.

Bereaved individuals who feel the death of their loved one is unexpected or violent may be at greater risk for suffering from major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or prolonged grief.

The seven emotional stages of grief are usually understood to be shock or disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, and acceptance/hope.  

While the symptoms of grief can be emotional, physical, social, or religious in nature.

Grief Triggers

In addition to grief as an initial reaction to loss, the process can be aggravated by events that remind the bereaved individual of their loved one or the circumstances surrounding their loss. Such events are often referred to as grief triggers. Holidays, special events, anniversaries are all triggers for unresolved grief to surface.

Many times the bereaved are at risk for becoming preoccupied with the reason for the death especially if sudden.   Many are left wondering if they could have prevented it, feeling blamed for the problems that preceded the death, feeling rejected by their loved one, and stigmatized by others.

Getting help for giving and surviving the loss of a loved one many times is the best way to honor you, your mourning, and your memories of your loved one.

Together, we will find ways to let go of the pain and create ways to create honor and legacy around the death of your love one.

Because each person is different in what they need to grieve and how they need to grieve, I create a unique solution for each individual that guided by what will help heal and serve the highest purpose.

 

“Grief does not change you…  It reveals you.” 
― John Green