No matter who you are, life presents grief and loss eventually. Whether dealing with the death of a loved one or other significant relational or transitional losses, it is normal to experience difficulty on many levels including physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual dimensions. Therapy provides a safe arena in which to express the emotions of grief and receive validation, as well as learn coping skills to guide you through the journey of letting go and finding hope beyond loss.
Facts about Grief
- Grief is normal
- The worst kind of grief is YOURS
- The way out of grief is through it
- Your grief is intimately connected to the relationship
- Grief is hard work
- Your grief will take longer than most people think
- Grief is unpredictable
- Grief comes and goes
Possible Causes of Grief
The loss of anything important to you can cause feelings of grief. The cause of normal grief can most commonly be attributed to the death of a loved one. Grief can also be caused by the following: loss of a job, loss of a beloved pet, loss of a friendship, loss of a personal dream, loss of a romantic relationship.
Symptoms of Grief
A person who is dealing with grief will most likely display some of the emotional symptoms associated with grieving. These may include:
- Increased irritability;
- Preoccupation with loss;
- Inability to show or experience joy.