What Does Grief Feel Like?
The feelings that follow the death or loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, but also confusing and even contradictory. You may experience a deep well of sadness and sorrow that leads you to withdraw into yourself, and away from activities and relationships that used to bring you joy and pleasure. You may also feel numb, empty or disconnected from others, even those closest to you. Bereavement counselling provides a safe space where you can start to make sense of your feelings, so you can start to get your life back on track.
Grief can be accompanied by powerful feelings of anger that you have been left behind, or guilt for things that you should or shouldn’t have done. You may feel intensely lonely, or find yourself becoming absent-minded, even forgetting sometimes that the person you have lost is no longer with you.
Losing a loved one can also bring on anxiety and feelings of helplessness. You may be troubled by fears about your own mortality, about moving on with your life without that person, or about tackling the responsibilities you now have to face alone.
Bereavement & Grief Counselling
Our therapists are here to help you explore your feelings around your particular loss, whether it’s the death of a loved one, or the loss of something important in your life. It can take some time to recover from grief, but being able to express your emotions, and to feel heard, can really help in finding a way through. Bereavement counselling may include:
- Identifying the stages of grief
- Recognising which stage you are experiencing at the moment, or why you cannot move to the next stage and creating the space to be able to fully express your emotions that are linked to bereavement such as sadness, numbness, anger, rage, disappointment and hopelessness
- Working on losses and gain
- Working on processing the pain of loss
- Using practical tools and technique to “let go”
- Finding yourself, rediscovering yourself, after the loss
- Working on accepting death as a natural phase in the cycle of life. After each end there is a new beginning
Sometimes grieving can mean we lose focus on self care, especially around nutrition. Our team and help you make small changes to your diet, to improve your mood and energy levels.
Self Help Tips For Bereavement
Here are some practical things you can do to help you cope with grief:
Express yourself, and talk with friends or family about how you feel.
Allow yourself to feel sad, and comfort yourself in a loving way.
Keep your daily routine going, and show yourself that you can function alone
Sleep well, and get as much rest as you can
Eat healthily, even if you are not interested, as a balanced healthy diet will help you cope
Avoid things that can numb pain like alcohol or drugs