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Grief Counseling to Help You Express Difficult Emotions About Your Loss

Bereavement Therapy to help you talk about your emotions, come to terms with the loss, and develop better coping skills.

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Signs and symptoms

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  • Depression

  • Isolation

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Intense sorrow

  • Trust Issues

  • Extreme feelings of fear or guilt

  • Detachment

  • Problems coping with loss

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Delayed Grief

Delayed Grief

Delayed Grief happens when reactions and emotions in response to death are postponed. The griever consciously or subconsciously avoids the reality and pain of the loss and suppresses their feelings and reactions. A person experiencing this type of grief may:

  • Choose not to express the pain
  • Isolate themselves
  • Experience extreme emotional swings
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Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief is characterized by irrational thoughts and may also be expressed as avoidance behavior. It can be difficult to judge when grief has lasted too long. This type of grief may develop into self-harm or mental illness if the person doesn’t get the support they need. Signs of complicated Grief include:

  • Self-destructive behavior

  • Deep and persistent feelings of guilt

  • Radical lifestyle changes

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Chronic Grief

Chronic Grief

Chronic grief leads to hopelessness, disbelief that the loss is real, and avoidance of any situation that may remind someone of the loss. Signs of chronic Grief include:

  • Thoughts of self-harm

  • Experiencing extreme distress

  • Experiencing intrusive thoughts

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Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory grief occurs when a person is expecting to lose someone or expecting the consequences that one can face after losing someone. It can make a person overthink a situation and make them highly impatient. It often causes feelings of sadness, anger, and guilt. Some signs of Anticipatory Grief include:

  • Envisioning your life without that person 

  • Feeling conflicted over the guilt of thoughts about a loved one’s passing

  • Loss of hopes and dreams

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Inhibited Grief

Inhibited Grief

Inhibited grief is an emotional response to a loss that may be delayed or incomplete. It can also be the inability to process and accept a loss fully. It is often associated with people who are experiencing chronic stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. Inhibited grief can also stem from traumatic experiences such as war trauma or childhood abuse. People experiencing Inhibited Grief may:

  • Show no typical signs of grief

  • Feeling exhausted most of the time

  • Develop a physical manifestation of the grief

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You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

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Grief Counseling & Process

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Complicated Grief Therapy

When you are experiencing complicated grief, the emotion takes control of you and won't let go. You may face unsettling thoughts, dysfunctional behaviors, and trouble controlling your emotions, making it further complicated for you to adjust to life without your loved one. A type of psychotherapy called complicated grief therapy (CGT) can assist you in overcoming this kind of sadness.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It involves identifying thought patterns that can negatively influence your behavior. It's done by talking about your thoughts and feelings. Recognizing these negative thought patterns can help you understand how they're affecting your behavior and can help you to overcome them. One of the goals of this grief therapy is to help you develop better coping skills.

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Traumatic Grief Therapy

If you lost a loved one unexpectedly, traumatic bereavement therapy can help. You can learn coping mechanisms, manage the severity of your grieving, and manage the symptoms with the assistance of a grief counselor.

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Instead of concentrating on altering your ideas or feelings, ACT asks you to alter your behavior. According to an ACT principle, emotional reactions to the negative emotions of losing a loved one lead to grieving behaviors. During ACT, you'll focus on your fundamental principles and establish objectives to live up to them.

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Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)

Discovering the ideas, actions, and convictions that drive healthy day-to-day living is easier with CRT. These may include beliefs or behaviors toward negative emotions. After identifying the causes, we'll provide you with strategies for controlling and altering these attitudes and beliefs. You will see improvements in other related symptoms, including depression and anxiety, while receiving CRT for grieving.

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Professional online therapy or online counseling can help people struggling with grief manage their emotions and live a brighter, happier life again.

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Grief counseling, or bereavement counseling, is developed to help people manage the loss of a loved one. Grief counseling provides bereaved people with a space to discuss & process their feelings & emotions. A grief counselor can help you design methods & strategies for coping with your loss and grief.

Grief counseling is recommended especially for individuals whose grief:

  • Interferes with daily activities
  • Causes feelings of guilt or depression
  • It makes it harder to carry on with their own lives
  • Causes problems in existing relationships

This grief and loss counseling can help individuals of all ages deal with their sorrows and other emotional feelings that are integral to the normal response to losing a loved one. But having said that, if a person's grief is intense and he is not able to handle it, then other forms of therapy can help-

Grief Therapy -This therapy can help cope with behavioral and physical issues that a person might experience as an after-effect of a loss. Grief therapy can assist persons who find it difficult to separate themselves emotionally from the loved one who passed away.

Complicated Grief Therapy - Complicated grief is a state where the grief grabs hold of you and don't let you go, which can lead to negative thoughts, disturbing behaviors, and hard-to-manage emotions, which makes it more difficult for the person to adjust to life without the loved one. This therapy is a type of psychotherapy that can help deal with complicated grief.

Traumatic Grief Therapy - People may experience this type of grief when they suddenly lose a loved one or witness their loved one's death. Traumatic grief therapy can support people in coping with the grief's severity, minimize the trauma symptoms, and equip them with coping strategies.

Grief counseling or family grief counseling involves discussing the loved one a person has lost, their relationship with each other, how the loved one died, how it impacted the person, and how that person is coping with it. A grief counselor uses different techniques -

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- This type of psychotherapy inspires a person to tackle negative feelings and conditions, so they can concentrate on positive patterns to help them reach their goals.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy - It is also a type of psychotherapy that includes identifying and replacing negative thought patterns that badly influence the person's behavior.

Group Therapy - This type of therapy is performed in a group setting. It could be comforting for someone to share their feelings with others going through a similar situation and work together to overcome it.

Art Therapy - This therapy uses innovative forms to convey emotions and encourages healing. It could be helpful to individuals of all ages, along with children, who might find it challenging to communicate their feelings.

Play Therapy - This therapy is mainly used to gain insights into a child's thoughts and emotions to help them process unsettled feelings and develop positive behavior patterns.

Aside from helping people deal with their loss, grief counseling also helps to -
  • Treat trauma
  • Express emotions
  • Address feelings of guilt that may harbor
  • Build a robust support system to help the person move on
  • Learn to accept the new reality
If you feel you can benefit with Grief Counseling, we suggest you seek help. You can reach out to Lifebulb at any point of time with our 24x7 active helpline. You can find us online by simply searching 'bereavement counseling near me', ‘find a grief counselor’ or ‘find a grief therapist.’

There are five stages of dealing with grief, each of which can last for a while, like a few days or for as long as a year.

Denial and seclusion - The last thing that any person wishes to hear is the death of a loved one. Rather than accepting this news, people deny it and claim it can't be real. It is how most people avoid the bad feelings of a significant loss.

Anger - Many people react to loss with anger or any other "negative" emotion since it's easy to denounce than to suffer the pain.

Bargaining - Guilt is another important emotion that usually dominates after an overwhelming loss. People begin to speculate what if and how they could have dealt with it beforehand to stop it from happening or what they must have said before - it was too late.

Depression - Whenever those painful grieving feelings flood your mind, many a time, they overshadow everything else. Hence, it's essential for people when they enter this stage of grief; they should lean on their support system.

Acceptance - This stage of grief is often marked as the end of the grieving cycle; people accept that they've lost this person and find the peace they need to move on. People always tend to enter and exit these grief stages all through their grief process - they don't always follow a straightforward path.

Lifebulb bereavement therapists and counselors specialized in providing in-person or online grief and bereavement therapy, counseling, care, and treatment for a wide variety of mental healthcare needs and issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma, PTSD, couples counseling, marriage counseling, life transitions, adjustment disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, child counseling, teen and adolescent therapy, anger management, career coaching, life coaching, ADHD treatment, family therapy, panic attack, phobias, substance abuse, virtual therapy, online death counseling, EMDR, EFT, and many more.

Your first session with a Lifebulb grief & loss bereavement therapist or counselor won't simply be a background or demographic information-gathering session - We know deciding to get help is a big deal and a difficult step. That's why our first offline or online therapy session with you will be about providing you with the service you're seeking and proving that the therapy process can work with the right effort and commitment from both sides.

We believe getting access to a grief & loss specialist or counselor should be quick and easy. So our process is straightforward. Simply browse our bereavement therapists' bios to find the right fit for you and schedule a virtual counseling or in-person counseling session online. Or call our office, and a team member can help ensure you're matched with the right grief & loss bereavement therapist or counselor for you and your goals. Whether online grief treatment plan or offline therapy, your bereavement therapist will help you with an individualized grief treatment plan to help you reach your specific goals.

If you are experiencing an emergency right now, please call 911 right away.

While Lifebulb is not a crisis grief counseling center and Lifebulb grief & loss therapists and counselors are not emergency services, we understand that urgent matters can and will pop up from time to time. You will have direct email and phone access to your bereavement therapist or grief & loss treatment center, who will make their best effort to be available to you when you reach out. Depending on your specific grief treatment plan, your grief & loss therapist may provide you with resources to use or contact when situations occur beyond the scope of your online therapy or offline therapy work together.

When you book a session with your therapist or counselor, our team will email you a confirmation of your appointment date and time with a link to the virtual grief & loss therapy room. Click the link and log in to the virtual therapy room a few minutes before your session, and your grief & loss specialists will meet you there.

Yes. All of our bereavement therapists can provide the best online grief & loss therapy and grief & loss treatment services to our clients.

We use a HIPAA-compliant video counseling service integrated into our Electronic Health Records System to provide a smooth process for our clients to engage in online bereavement therapy sessions.

Booking a session with us is easy and flexible, with several options. ’ or call our office, and a team member can book you with the best fit-in grief & loss therapist. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual. Or you can select your ideal bereavement therapist from our website, select a session time that works for you, and we'll reach out to you to confirm your appointment details.

We have a flexible cancellation policy. Call our office or reach out to your counselor or bereavement therapist 24 hours or more before your online therapy session time to cancel or reschedule any appointment at no cost.

A grief treatment plan is often a long-term process that can help in improving overall mental health. It has been demonstrated that therapy can enhance feelings and behaviors and is associated with healthy adjustments to the brain and body. There is never a guaranteed "cure," but bereavement therapy helps make positive lifestyle changes.

We accept many major commercial insurance plans, including Aetna, Amerihealth, Cigna, Optum Health, United Healthcare, Tricare, and others. If you don't see your insurance listed, we would be happy to verify your benefits to see if we can accept them, and if not, we offer you an affordable self-pay rate.

At Lifebulb, we operate without any ongoing membership or fees. We believe everyone deserves the best online bereavement therapy service experience. And we believe those benefits should come free of any ongoing out-of-pocket fees simply for engaging in therapy. With us, your only session costs will be those set by your insurance provider or our low self-pay rate.

While many practices accept only self-pay clients or out-of-network benefits, at Lifebulb, we aim to keep your costs low by accepting most major insurance plans. Often the out-of-pocket expense per online therapy session is a low copay determined by your specific insurance provider and plan. We also offer a self-pay rate lower than many practices for those without insurance or simply preferring not to use their healthcare benefits for in-person or virtual bereavement therapy.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely picky about who we hire to help you achieve your bereavement therapy goals. But we understand that every bereavement therapist may not be the perfect match for every client. If your therapy experience is less than you hoped, we will help you get set up to see someone you prefer.

We take the responsibility of maintaining your privacy seriously. Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

Unfortunately, Bereavement therapists who don't enjoy their workplace are unable to provide their clients with the best possible level of grief therapy and grief therapy counseling. That's why at Lifebulb, our grief & loss therapists are our top priority. This means that your counselor or therapist can provide you, their client, with the best grief treatment plan for grief & loss disorder because they enjoy their work in session with you, where they work, and who they work with.

Our online grief and bereavement counseling sessions are all conducted by our bereavement therapist to aid grief & loss in private spaces, and our video platform is contained within our HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Records system, so your face, voice, and data are always private and protected.

Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

At Lifebulb, our biggest difference lies in our bereavement therapists. Many large and small practices often put growing businesses before growing people. It may sound simple, but at Lifebulb, we treat our bereavement therapists like valuable people that provide a valuable service. What does that mean for our clients? While we believe bereavement therapists and counselors, regardless of where they work, do their best for their clients, we've found that therapists who genuinely enjoy where they work can provide the best therapy for grief & loss to those they help. To that end, our primary goal at Lifebulb is to provide our bereavement therapists with the best possible environment to operate. In doing so, we believe Lifebulb clients are best positioned to accomplish their grief treatment plan for grief & loss goals through in-person counseling or virtual therapy for grief & loss.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely selective about the therapists we hire because we know choosing the right therapist can make all the difference in our clients reaching their goals. Our grief & loss therapists are all educated at the masters level and above and have received several years of hands-on training before becoming fully licensed clinicians. Even among the pool of highly trained therapists, we only work with those who align with our core values. That way, we know your grief & loss therapist will go the extra mile to help you and offer the best grief and loss treatment plan for online or in-person counseling.

Lifebulb’s grief counseling clinic has several locations for providing in-person grief counselling and grief therapy and is adding more regularly. We also provide telehealth or online therapy session services with effective grief and loss treatment plans for those who may live distant from our offices.

All our counselors are highly educated and trained and have received their full clinical licensure from practicing counseling. We also thoroughly interview each of our therapists, ensure that they pass a background check, and train them in-house to work with us.

Additionally, we ensure that each of our counselors and therapists participates in ongoing education to continue providing the best in-person and online therapy and treatment plan for grief and loss services.

It is important that our clients work with the best possible fit as grief & loss therapist for their specific grief treatment plan. This is why we provide detailed bios of our therapists for our clients to review before reaching out to us. If you have a specific grief & loss therapist in mind to work with, we would be happy to schedule you to see them. We also understand that our clients don't always match perfectly with their bereavement therapist, and in the case of a less-than-great fit, we will help you to find the right match among our team and, if necessary, provide the best referral we can to someone more suited to help you beyond our walls.

A professional counselor is a master- or PhD-level mental health professional approved by a state licensure board to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The exact name of a professional counselor's license can vary by state, but some of the most common are: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

We do employ licensed clinical psychologists, as psychologists can offer services, such as best treatment plan for grief and loss and online therapy services and psychological testing, that many other license types are unable to offer. Many times, your counselor or bereavement therapist can work in tandem with a psychologist to provide therapy and psychological testing when necessary to better provide for your specific needs or goals. In this way, we are able to better provide for a wider range of your needs.

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