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Bereavement Therapy for Grief and Loss

It's your battle, but you don't need to fight alone. Our bereavement therapists are here to help you with a grief treatment plan.

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  • Isolation

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Restlessness

  • Intense sorrow

  • Trust Issues

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Bereavement Therapy for Anticipatory Grief

Bereavement Therapy for Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief occurs when a person is expecting to lose someone or expecting the consequences that one can face after losing someone. This 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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Grief Treatment Plan for Complicated Grief

Grief Treatment Plan for Complicated Grief

Complicated grief occurs when a person becomes stuck in the mourning process and are unable to heal and move on from their loss. Usually, grief lasting longer than 12 months is considered complicated grief. Complicated grief can result in self-destructive behavior and further mental health issues. Signs of complicated grief include:

  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Deep and persistent feelings of guilt
  • Radical lifestyle changes
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Bereavement Therapy for Chronic Grief

Bereavement Therapy for Chronic Grief

Chronic grief can manifest as feelings of hopelessness, an inability to accept the reality of the loss, and avoidance of circumstances that evoke memories of the departed. Indications of chronic grief include:

  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Experiencing extreme distress
  • Experiencing intrusive thoughts
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Grief Treatment Plan for Delayed Grief

Grief Treatment Plan for 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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Bereavement Therapy for Inhibited Grief

Bereavement Therapy for 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 fully accept a loss. 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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Our team comprises dedicated, compassionate and experienced bereavement therapists and counselors. Your grief therapist will provide a nonjudgmental space where you can honor the memory of your loved one while creating a healthy future for yourself.
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“Understanding the different types of grief is important so we’re better prepared and so we can be supportive of others who are going through it.”


Treatment Plan For Grief and Loss

Grieving is one of the most challenging experiences one can go through. Our bereavement therapists will help you move through it in your own way and in your own time with a grief treatment plan.

CBT Therapy for Grief & Loss

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for grief helps people understand the connection and patterns of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. By working with a licensed therapist, CBT can help you fully process your loss and learn to move past it with healthy coping skills. Also, by identifying negative thought patterns, you can understand how your loss is affecting your behavior, prompting you to develop healthy habits and start living according to your values, not according to your grief.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Bereavement

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is another method that may help with grief and loss treatment. According to the American Counseling Association, ACT may also be helpful with prolonged, complicated grief by encouraging clients to use mindfulness to accept their experiences.

ACT helps you reprocess a loss emotionally. It also enables you to begin to process any feelings you might have avoided dealing with. You may learn to accept negative emotions and situations and develop healthy patterns with a bereavement therapist.

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Traumatic Grief Therapy for Grief and Loss

Sometimes, we lost loved ones suddenly or traumatically. This can result in an intense grief that is paired with a trauma. Traumatic grief and loss therapy allows you to process intense grief and the painful emotions associated with it. Traumatic grief therapy will be tailored to address an individual's specific needs and symptoms.

Traumatic Grief Therapy will also give you coping skills that calm the nervous system and self-regulate emotions, which are important techniques when confronting trauma and triggering situations.

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Complicated Grief Treatment for Bereavemen

A Complicated Grief Treatment plan (CGT) can help you work through the pain and adjust to life after a loss. It is based on a model of grief as a natural response to the death of a loved one that typically decreases in intensity as the bereaved person adapts to the loss. The goal is not to move on, but to fully honor and process the memory of your loved one. It helps promote resilience and access to natural adaptive processes. It revolves around seven core themes: understanding and accepting grief, managing emotional pain, planning for the future, strengthening existing relationships, speaking about the loss, learning to live with reminders, and creating a connection to memories of the deceased.

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Grief is one of the most challenging emotions to talk about. We understand your struggle and can help you recover.

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Grief therapy is never about forcing you to forget or move on from a loss. It is about processing the loss, building a healthy future for yourself, and honoring the memory of your loved one.

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In-Person Grief Therapy

Our Grief therapists at Lifebulb work to create individualized treatment plans to fit your needs. Everyone's grief looks different and will need a unique approach. Let our experts support you in your recovery.

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Professional online bereavement therapy can help people struggling with grief manage their emotions and live a happier life again.

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Grief is a natural emotional response to the loss of a loved one, a friend, or someone close. It can also arise from prolonged illness, divorce, or other significant losses. While profound sadness is a common feature of grief, it can encompass a range of emotions including shock, numbness, denial, and even anger. Over time, the intensity and frequency of grieving typically lessen, but it remains a unique journey for each individual. Grief can be mentally and physically taxing, often interfering with daily activities and social interactions. Some may prefer to process their grief privately, while others seek solace through sharing their emotions openly. While grief doesn't necessarily disappear entirely, many people find that it becomes more manageable with time. They may still experience sadness and longing for the departed, but they can also find meaning and joy in life again. Some even emerge from the experience with newfound wisdom and resilience.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with grief or loss, consider reaching out to us for bereavement therapy. Our licensed and experienced bereavement therapists can provide personalized grief treatment plans tailored to your needs.

If you're experiencing the following symptoms of grief, reach out to us for bereavement therapy. Our licensed and experienced bereavement therapists can provide the best grief treatment plan tailored to your needs. Following a catastrophic loss, some individuals may develop depression, with grief symptoms often resembling sadness. Especially after an unexpected loss, survivors may initially feel shock, numbness, and disbelief. As they come to terms with the death, they may experience profound sadness, emptiness, loneliness, and possibly anger or guilt. These emotions can be intense, persistent, or debilitating, with grief sometimes appearing to come in waves, receding before resurging. However, over time, these emotions typically diminish.

  • Grief affects people differently, with common emotions including sorrow, shock, denial, numbness, a distorted sense of reality, anger, guilt, and more:
  • Emotional responses may vary, with individuals behaving or feeling differently than usual. Some may turn to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or consider self-harm or giving up. Others may struggle to concentrate, withdraw from social activities, and derive less pleasure from hobbies.
  • Depressive and complicated grief may be more enduring or severe in some individuals, making it challenging to function normally. This is more likely after particularly devastating losses, such as suicide or the death of a child.
  • Physical well-being can be affected by grief, compromising immune function and increasing susceptibility to illnesses. Appetite changes and weight fluctuations may occur, along with sleep disturbances, fatigue, headaches, body aches, and stomach discomfort.
  • Spiritual contemplation is common among mourners, with some experiencing nightmares or seeking meaning through their spiritual beliefs.
  • Post-traumatic growth may occur after grief and loss, leading to positive experiences such as increased wisdom, maturity, and a renewed sense of purpose.

If you're experiencing these effects, seeking help is recommended. Contact Lifebulb via our 24/7 helpline or find us online by searching for "find a grief therapist" or "grief therapy near me."

 Anticipatory grief arises when someone anticipates the loss of a loved one or foresees the consequences of such a loss. It can lead to overthinking and impatience, accompanied by feelings of sadness, anger, and guilt. Signs include:

- Imagining life without the person

- Feeling conflicted about thoughts of their passing

- Losing hope and aspirations

Complicated grief involves irrational thoughts and may manifest as avoidance behavior. It's challenging to determine when grief has persisted too long, potentially leading to self-harm or mental illness without proper support. Signs include:

- Engaging in self-destructive behavior

- Persistent feelings of guilt

- Drastic lifestyle changes

Chronic grief results in hopelessness, denial of the loss, and avoidance of reminders. Signs include:

- Thoughts of self-harm

- Severe distress

- Intrusive thoughts

Delayed grief occurs when emotions and reactions to death are postponed, with the griever avoiding acknowledging the pain and reality of the loss. Signs include:

- Suppressing pain and emotions

- Isolating oneself

- Extreme emotional fluctuations

If you or a loved one experiences any of these types of grief, reach out to us for a grief treatment plan. Our licensed bereavement therapists can provide the best bereavement therapy tailored to your needs. Simply search online for "grief and bereavement therapy," "grief therapy near me," or "find a grief therapist."

 Here are various types of grief and bereavement therapy that form the basis of any grief treatment plan:

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying thought patterns that negatively impact behavior. Through discussions about thoughts and feelings, therapy aims to help develop coping skills.

2. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT may aid in grief and loss by encouraging mindfulness to accept experiences, as suggested by a 2016 research paper sponsored by the American Counseling Association. It can be particularly helpful for prolonged or complicated grief.

3. Traumatic Grief Therapy: This type of therapy addresses sudden trauma-related grief, such as the unexpected loss of a loved one. It provides a supportive environment to process intense grief and is tailored to individual needs and symptoms.

4. Complicated Grief Treatment: This treatment helps individuals navigate complex emotions and adjust to life after a loss. It views grief as a natural response to death, with intensity decreasing over time as the bereaved person adapts.

 Lifebulb bereavement therapists and counselors specialize in offering in-person or online grief and bereavement therapy, grief counseling, and care, addressing various mental healthcare needs and issues. These include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, couples counseling, marriage counseling, life transitions, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, child counseling, teen and adolescent therapy, anger management, career coaching, life coaching, ADHD treatment, family therapy, panic attacks, phobias, substance abuse, virtual therapy, online counseling, EMDR, EFT, and more.

 Your initial session with a Lifebulb bereavement therapist or counselor isn't just about collecting background or demographic information. We understand that seeking help is a significant decision and can be challenging. That's why our first offline bereavement therapy or online grief and loss therapy session with you focuses on delivering the service you're seeking and demonstrating that the grief treatment plan can be effective with mutual effort and commitment.

 We welcome numerous major commercial insurance plans, such as Aetna, Amerihealth, Cigna, Optum Health, United Healthcare, Tricare, and more. If your insurance provider isn't listed, we're happy to verify your benefits to determine if we can accommodate them. If not, we offer an affordable self-pay rate as an alternative option.

 At Lifebulb, we meticulously select our bereavement therapists to ensure they can effectively assist you in achieving your therapy goals for grief and bereavement. However, we acknowledge that not every therapist may be the ideal fit for every client. If your experience with grief and bereavement therapy falls short of your expectations, we're committed to helping you find a therapist who better suits your needs and preferences.

 All our online therapy sessions are led by our bereavement therapists, providing support for grief & loss in confidential settings. Our video platform is integrated into our HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Records system, ensuring the privacy and protection of your face, voice, and data at all times.

 At Lifebulb, our greatest distinction lies in our bereavement therapists. Unlike many practices that prioritize business growth over the well-being of their staff, we place a high value on our therapists and the invaluable service they provide. What does this mean for our clients? While we trust that bereavement therapists and counselors strive to deliver their best care regardless of their work environment, we've observed that therapists who genuinely enjoy their workplace can offer the most effective therapy for grief & loss. Therefore, our primary objective at Lifebulb is to create the best possible working environment for our bereavement therapists. By doing so, we believe our clients are better equipped to achieve their goals in grief treatment, whether through in-person counseling or virtual therapy sessions for grief & loss.

 Ensuring that our clients collaborate with the most suitable bereavement therapist for their individual grief treatment plan is paramount. For this reason, we offer detailed bios of our therapists for clients to review before reaching out to us. If you have a specific grief & loss therapist in mind to work with, we are happy to schedule you with them. We also recognize that perfect matches aren't always immediate, so in the event of a less-than-ideal fit, we'll assist you in finding the right match from our team or provide a referral to someone better suited to address your needs.

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