Grief is a natural emotional response to loss and it takes time to work through. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship, pregnancy, pet, job or way of life. Other experiences of loss may be due to children leaving home, infertility and separation from friends and family. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be. While everyone finds their own way to grieve, it is very important to have the support of friends and family, and speak to a professional counsellor about your loss when it gets too overwhelming.
Grief is expressed in many ways and it can affect every part of your life; your emotions, thoughts and behaviour, beliefs, physical health, your sense of self and identity, and your relationships with others. When you’re working through grief, you might have trouble maintaining relationships and feeling connected to others. You might not be as patient when you’re grieving, or get in conflict with people more often. This can be hard because staying connected to others is a really important part of getting through grief.
Grief isn’t depression. But it’s important to know that grief can leave you vulnerable to becoming depressed in the future. If you’re not sure what’s happening for you, it can be helpful to reach out for support from a professional counsellor. During hard times, some people can turn to alcohol or other drugs to try to get through the pain. But this can create other problems.
Grief has no set pattern and everyone experiences grief differently. Some people may grieve for weeks and months, while others may describe their grief lasting for years. Through the process of grief, however, you begin to create new experiences and habits that work around your loss.
At Live Your Story Counselling Services, our counsellors are committed to supporting you in this journey and assist you in addressing those concerning issues more effectively. To book an appointment with one of our counsellors, please click here.
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