Grieving is a natural response to great loss. However, sometimes grief can get so intense it inhibits daily life activities. When this happens, the grief therapists at Lawrenceville are here to help you process your loss, mourn your loved one, and continue to live fully.
In Lawrenceville, grief counseling aids in rebuilding life after a loss, while respecting your loved one's memory. Grief and loss therapy aims to facilitate a healthy grieving process, not to rush you forward. Being stalled in the grief stages can harm mental and physical well-being. The licensed grief counselors in Lawrenceville are here to guide you gently through these stages, allowing you to mourn and pay tribute to your loved one while nurturing your own life.Find Your Grief Therapist Today
The initial reaction to the loss, resulting in difficulty accepting the reality of the situation and a sense of shock or numbness. People stuck in this stage may find themselves in a deep brain fog or dissociation and are unable to deal with the truth of their loss.
As the shock and dissociation fades, anger may take its place. This anger can be directed towards oneself (“If I had just. . .” or “I should have. . . ), others (“Why didn’t they stop it?), or even the one you are grieving (“If only they. . .'' or “They shouldn’t have. . .”). This is a natural response to feeling powerlessness in the face of loss, and may result in irritableness, angry outbursts, and withdrawal.
To regain a sense of control or people, you may experience the bargaining stage of grief. For some people this looks like making deals or promises with a higher power. Other people may become obsessed trying to contrive meaning from their loss.
Depression often lasts the longest and is the most common in complicated grief. During this stage, you are able to fully acknowledge the weight of your loss. Many people feel like they’re drowning in grief and are unable to see the end. Common symptoms during this phase include a deep sense of sadness, withdrawal from daily life, loss of joy, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness.
The final stage, which will be the goal of grief therapists in Lawrenceville. Acceptance is when you are fully able to come to terms with the loss, appreciate the importance of your loved one, and return to a healthy, balanced way of living. This does not mean forgetting your loved one, and it doesn’t always mean a complete absence of grief. However, there is a renewed sense of life, peace, and a hope for the future.
Your brain perceives loss as a traumatic event, and will do what it has to do in order to survive. This results in an array of impairing cognitive and emotional symptoms. A licensed Lawrenceville grief counselor can help you manage these symptoms as you heal.
Our mind and body are intrinsically linked, and when one hurts the other feels its pain. So when your brain is grappling with complicated grief, you’ll experience physical symptoms as well as mental. Some of these physical symptoms that a Lawrenceville grief counselor can help you with include:
Grief is a deeply personal journey, with individuals navigating its stages at their own pace. In Lawrenceville, our grief counselors prioritize a personalized approach to grief therapy, ensuring each session is tailored to your unique circumstances. Typical approaches to grief therapy in Lawrenceville encompass:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Interpersonal Relationship Therapy
Complicated Grief Therapy
Grief Counseling for Children