Grief: Conquer Through Counseling
Grief is a normal response to loss. It is an emotional pain experienced when someone or something you love is taken away. Grief can be brought on by several failures, including the loss of a job or home, the passing of a loved one, the dissolution of a relationship, and others.
Once you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge need to conquer the grieving process successfully.
What are the stages of grief?
According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying,” she identified five stages of grief that people may experience in response to a significant loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages are not meant to be linear, and people may experience them in any order or not experience all of them. It is also important to note that not everyone shares all these stages, and the length of time that a person spends in each stage can vary.
How does grief affect people?
Grief can have psychological, physical, social, spiritual, and cognitive effects on people. It can result in various feelings, including sorrow, rage, guilt, and confusion, as well as physical side effects such as exhaustion, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, and fluctuations in energy levels. An individual’s sense of purpose and meaning in life, as well as their interactions and relationships with others, can all be impacted by grief. It may also alter their thought patterns and impair their capacity for concentration and decision-making. Again, it’s crucial to remember that every person feels loss differently, and how grief affects a person will vary depending on several things.
How to overcome grief?
The experience of grieving is unique to each person and can be very different. No method for conquering grief works for everyone, and what works for one person might not work for another. However, there are common steps people can take to assist them in dealing with their grief:
- Recognize your grief: Rather than attempting to suppress your emotions, allowing yourself to feel and express them is essential. This can help you in overcoming your suffering and discover healthy coping mechanisms.
- Take care of yourself: It’s important to look for yourself because grieving can have a negative impact on your physical and emotional health. This might include getting enough sleep, eating healthily, and engaging in fun activities.
- Remember your loved one: Finding ways to commemorate and remember your loved one is therapeutic. This could entail making a memorial or getting involved in activities that have special significance for them.
- Find meaning: It is helpful to find meaning and purpose in your life after loss. Finding new interests or enjoyable endeavors, as well as volunteering and assisting others, may be part of this.
- Seek professional help: Consult a mental health expert, such as a therapist or counselor, if your grief interferes with your ability to go about your everyday life or if you are having trouble managing your emotions.
Always remember that it is normal not to feel okay and that it is essential to give yourself time to reflect on your emotions and look after yourself. Grieving is a process; it could take some time to accept your loss and regain peace. It’s essential to be patient with yourself and to ask for help when you need it.
Impact Family is here to help.
It’s a choice to get through loss on your own, but at Impact Family, we firmly believe that God moves in mysterious ways. God uses people to help one another heal.
Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” This verse encourages believers to help each other and support those struggling.
How can counseling help you?
Grief counseling can be a helpful and supportive way to cope with losing a loved one or a significant life change. Speaking with a qualified mental health professional such as a therapist or counselor, about your ideas, emotions, and actions is a part of counseling, a type of therapy. Counseling’s primary goal is to help individuals recognize and resolve problems that negatively affect their mental health and general well-being.
Counseling has many positive effects on individuals who are not only in grief but also those struggling with mental health issues or other challenges. Some of the potential benefits of counseling include the following:
- Improved mental health: Through counseling, people in grief can better understand and control their emotions and actions and address problems hurting their mental health and general well-being.
- Improved communication skills: Counseling helps individuals who tend to quiet themselves up due to extreme sadness develop better communication skills and better healthily express their thoughts and feelings during bereavement.
- Improved coping skills: Counseling supports individuals in developing coping skills and strategies for managing their grief and finding healthy ways to express their feelings.
- Increased understanding of the grief process: Counseling helps individuals to understand the grief process better and to recognize that their emotions and experiences are normal and natural.
- Increased social support: Counseling offers a secure and encouraging setting where people can discuss their thoughts and feelings while connecting with other bereaved people.
- Increased hope and optimism: Counseling provides individuals with an environment of optimism and support and can support them in reclaiming their sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Begin your journey to wellness
Impact Vision has counseling services designed to provide support and guidance during this difficult time of grief.
We have experienced counselors who help individuals and families navigate the grieving process, and they can offer practical advice on how to cope with your loss. We can help you find hope and healing during this difficult time. Schedule your first intake session today!