Are You Overwhelmed by Grief?
- Does the loss of a loved one seem like too much to bear?
- Are you concerned about “doing the right thing” for someone who has died or is terminally ill?
- Maybe grief has taken you by surprise, and you feel helpless, angry or ill-equipped to cope?
- Perhaps you have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness and you are feeling uncertain and afraid.
- Perhaps the exhaustion associated with grief is making it difficult to get out of bed, concentrate and complete the tasks of the day.
- Do you wish you could slow down and catch your breath—if even just for a moment—and learn to how to cope, and relieve stress and sadness in effective ways?
Dealing with grief can be a lonely, confusing and disorienting experience that limits your ability to see positive possibilities for the future. After the memorials are over and friends and family return to normal life, you may be left with immeasurable sadness. The loss of a loved one, coping with a terminal illness, or providing care to someone can be devastating. You may feel helpless, hopeless, and deeply sad, making it hard to connect with others or complete routine daily tasks. Relationships at home, among friends, and productivity at work may suffer, leading you to feel guilty or ashamed. You may desperately want to feel better, but nothing you have tried seems to lead to sustainable results.
We All Experience Grief
If you are grieving, you are not alone. Every year, eight million people in the United States suffer through the death of someone in their immediate family. Of this group, 800,000 are widows and widowers. Although at some point everyone experiences grief and loss, there are few resources available to assist the grieving. Bereaved people often feel isolated with their feelings - afraid of burdening friends or loved ones with their grief.
Many people are overwhelmed by the intensity of the sadness, loss, and despair. Many wonder if this is a normal experience, and are concerned about doing “the right thing.” Although everyone experiences grief stages differently, I can assure you this process is normal. You may be surrounded by loving, well-meaning people who don't understand what you’re going through. You want to share your deeply intimate experience with grief, but your loved ones are afraid to talk about it, don’t know how to respond or are in denial. You might just want to be treated as a normal human being, but people seem to have forgotten how to do that. Likewise, if someone close to you is dying, it can be difficult to find the right words, offer consoling gestures and navigate your own intense feelings.
If you’re struggling to find people you feel comfortable talking to about your grief and loss, grief counseling can help. With the help of a qualified bereavement counselor, you can work through difficult thoughts and feelings.
Grief Counseling and Psychotherapy Can Help you Cope and Move Forward
Grief therapy and psychotherapy can guide you on your journey of dealing with death and grief. If you find that well-meaning friends and loved ones seem uncomfortable during this heartbreaking time, I’m here to provide a safe and open space for you to express your grief. Together and at a pace that works for you, we can find a path to relief that allows you to regain your footing, move through the grief stages, and go on with your life. My bereavement counseling services include support for the terminally ill, guidance about how to deal with fear, loss of a loved one, or the shock of a life-threatening diagnosis. I also offer relationship advice to help you to honor yourself and loved ones during this transition.
During therapy sessions, I use mainstream techniques and mindfulness practices to help you get through the initial intensity of grief and find a path back to balance. My intention is not to help you “get over it” or forget about the past. Instead, I intend to honor your experiences and teach you effective coping strategies to help you manage the feelings of loss and find a way back to a good life again.
As a trained hospice and grief counselor, I’ve helped many people through these difficult times. I’ve been a grief counselor since 1992. Coping with death is a difficult process. I’ve been there. This is a time when many people need additional guidance and support. I seek to understand your unique experience with grief and loss and provide tailor-made techniques and tools you can use and carry with you throughout your life. With the support and guidance of an experienced grief counselor, you can break free of the emotional turmoil and live a more balanced, connected and fulfilling life.
You may still have questions or concerns about bereavement therapy…
I don’t have time; I just want to get back to my life.
It’s true that many of us have busy lives. However, the death of a loved one or caring for someone with a terminal illness can be major disruption to your life. And, many find that getting back to “normal” life doesn’t relieve the overwhelming distraction of grief.
Grief counseling can help you manage the pain and develop tools to manage your life, even as you still mourn the loss of your loved one. There’s no shame in reaching out for help when you need it. You deserve the support, and I’m here to offer it to you.
I’m not sure I can talk about this. It’s too painful.
It’s normal to find death and grief literally too painful to talk about. However, if this is the case, reaching for help is the best thing you can do. Unprocessed grief can surface down the road in unexpected ways and even create health problems. I know bereavement counseling may feel like diving into a deep pool of your pain. You cannot go around the grief; you have to go through it. If you don’t process your pain, it may catch up to you later.
Lots of people experience grief and loss. Do I really need help?
The experience of grief is different for everyone. Just because your mom or friend didn’t appear to need help, doesn’t mean you don’t. Ultimately you know what’s best for you. But if you’re struggling right now, there is no shame in seeking help. A loss can be devastating, especially if there was trauma involved. It can lead to depression, anxiety and even panic. It’s an experience that stays with you forever. Processing grief and trauma are vital to your ability to move forward.
Support is Available
You don’t have to go through this alone. If you would like to learn more about grief therapy, my practice is located in Jeffersonville - near New Albany, Floyds Knobs, Clarksville and Sellersburg, Indiana; and Louisville, Kentucky. Please call (812) 371-6330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 15-minute consultation.