Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.
Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief, including:
- Divorce/relationship breakup
- Loss of health
- Losing a job / loss of financial stability
- Death of a pet
- Loss of a cherished dream
- A loved one’s serious illness
- Loss of safety after trauma
Even subtle losses in life can trigger a sense of grief, or bring up unresolved grief from the past. For example, you might grieve after moving away from home, graduating from university or changing jobs. If the person, animal, relationship, or situation was significant to you, it’s normal to grieve the loss you’re experiencing. Whatever the cause of your grief, my aim as a Counsellor is to ensure that you cope with the pain and process your feelings in healthy ways. I provide a space that will allow you to:
- Express emotions without worrying about how this will affect others
- Talk freely about your loss, what it means to you, how it has affected you
- Work through the grieving process at a pace that is right for you
- Find new meaning and eventually accept and integrate the loss.