You’ve lost someone. Maybe a parent. A sibling. Perhaps you lost a child or another family member. Maybe it was your best friend. But you’ve lost someone significant and there is a hole in your heart where that person’s presence used to live. And while the world keeps spinning on its axis, you seem to be moving in slow motion, if at all…because your someone is no longer with you. You are having a hard time figuring out why people are still milling about as if this loss hasn’t happened. Why didn’t the whole world stop in deference to this moment – to acknowledge the loss that you must now face and figure out how to navigate? This is the task. This is the world’s ask of you. And it’s not an easy one. But it is one that you can (eventually) do. It will take some work and grief counseling is where that work happens. Let’s talk about what grief is and what people get out of grief counseling.
The period following a person’s death when a person is experiencing grief is known as bereavement. Bereavement is specific to grief related to death, and though most relate it to feelings about the loss of a loved one, grief can be experienced in response to any loss. You can grieve the loss of a relationship, a job, a home, a friendship, and anything else that has significance to you. Grief is perfectly normal and there is no one size fits all remedy for how to go through it. It’s a process and there are stages to it. You’ll be able to talk and work through it all in grief counseling.1