Grief is unique to you and your experience.
You may be experiencing grief from a loss that hurt you deeply. In fact, it may have even changed your whole life.
Grief happens for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, to grieve for someone–the physical death and loss of a loved one or someone close in your life. It hurts and is a painful experience to go through. You may be experiencing anger or guilt towards their death. Or you may be peaceful and just miss them terribly.
You can even experience grief as a result of a lost job, divorce or end of a relationship, physical injury, chronic illness, or the loss of a beloved pet.
Theorists describe two main styles of grief experienced by those who have lost someone or something:
Intuitive grieving: The grieving person focuses mostly on the emotional experience of loss that leads them to think about mortality, explore the relationship that was lost, and share their feelings more.
Instrumental grieving: The griever’s focus is more on thinking or doing, such as problem-solving, internalizing, or staying busy physically, rather than expressing emotions from the loss.
How do you know you’re struggling with grief?
You may begin to isolate yourself from family and friends. You may experience anger, confusion, denial, or you may feel unable to grieve openly because you must remain strong for others around you.
Support is important when you are in grief. Through grief counseling, I help you, unbiased and without judgment, work through your pain alongside compassionate solution-focused conversation. It is something that takes times, and each person is different in their own grieving process. So whether it is an immediate loss, or it has been years, I work with you at any grieving stage you are in.