Throughout the course of our lives, each one of us will experience a loss at some point. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them before 18 years of age. Feelings of grief and loss are often associated with a physical death. These feelings are also commonly experienced after many other kinds of loss – whether it is the end of a relationship or marriage, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job.
When a person loses something or someone valuable to them, feelings of grief can be overwhelming. Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb by affecting them mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s important to understand that healing from grief is a process and everyone copes with this emotion differently.
We live in a grief illiterate society. Many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving. Be sure to have patience with the individual (including yourself) throughout the entire process. There is no one right way to grieve, no timeline, nor are the stages of grief and loss linear.
Through psychotherapy, a person may:
- Improve coping skills
- Reduce feelings of blame and guilt
- Explore and process emotions
Consider seeking professional support if feelings of grief do not ease over time.
Book a consultation today for Grief and Loss with Jarrell Counseling. Call (832) 202-4407 or book a consultation online.