Grief is a natural response to the loss of a loved one or big life changes. Things like divorce, illness, or death can cause mental and physical pain that can persist for long periods of time. Grief therapy offers many benefits that can help anyone.
What You Can Gain From Grief Counselling
Therapy can offer a lot of support to those who are suffering. As you go through a loss or life change, it is important that you receive the right amount of support you need. Connecting with a therapist or counsellor to share grief problems can help the healing process. Counselling will also provide knowledge about the actual grief process. Understanding the process can help you to see that you are not alone and that you don’t have to feel helpless. Self-awareness is another benefit from grief therapy. You’ll be able to understand more about yourself as you learn about your grief. You’ll be able to relate your current loss or problem to your past and future. You’ll also learn tools and strategies to help you cope. These will teach how to care for yourself during your challenging time.
Who Can Be Helped With Therapy
Therapy for grief can be very beneficial if someone you care about needs help as well. Therapy can be helpful for kids, friends, or spouses. If you know someone who is experiencing grief, it’s always good to lend a hand and give them support. Sometimes they will need someone to tell them that therapy can help them. Kids may need to go through therapy if they have never experienced the death of someone they love, have prolonged anxiety, or have parents who are getting divorced.
Grief Therapy Session Structures
Therapy sessions can be done one-on-one or in group sessions. It will depend on what environment you or your loved one will respond best to. Group sessions can offer great support and allow for the attendee to have peers who know exactly what they are going through. Attendees may even be able to build relationships with their group members. One-on-one sessions would be better for someone who is more closed up about their feelings and doesn’t want to share their stress with multiple people.
If you or a loved one is going through prolonged and debilitating grief, be sure to find help. Contact the Depression and Relationship Counselling Services at (519)253-1519 for therapy and counselling help.