Is Grief Making You Feel Empty, Hopeless and Alone?
Has the loss of a loved one shaken your world? Have you lost a partner, parent, friend, or child perhaps due to a stillbirth or miscarriage? Now you are struggling with a yearning for what was or could have been, a longing for the loved one, and a preoccupation with the circumstances of the death. Painful feelings such as these and memories of the past make it difficult to imagine how you are going to survive or if you are ever going to be happy again. Pain, anger, disbelief, and fear can be overwhelming and physically and mentally exhausting.
Whether you are grieving a loved one’s passing or anticipating a loss, it’s not uncommon to feel as though life is unfair and no one understands or cares about your pain. Caring for someone who is ill is often as difficult as losing them and comes with a flood of emotions. It is hard to find the time or energy to care for yourself or process these feelings when you are fatigued from trying to make clear decisions about hospice care and other medical challenges.
Every Loss Is Unique, But You Are Not Alone in Your Grief
Everyone experiences grief in their own unique way. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and it is okay to experience a wide range of unpredictable and complicated emotions. Even though you may feel isolated and misunderstood, know that loss is part of the human experience, and you are not alone, broken or wrong.
While grief is a completely normal reaction to a loss and it is okay to want to check out for a little while, sometimes painful and distressing feelings can get stuck and develop into complicated grief. Unresolved complicated grief can lead to depression and anxiety, affect your career and relationships and make it difficult to get through each day. Thankfully, with the help of an experienced, compassionate and supportive therapist, you can heal.
Grief Counseling Can Help You Find Peace and Hope Again
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed or numb, grief counseling can offer you a safe, supportive space to talk about what you are going through. A space where you can share your deepest feelings and feel heard. As an objective, compassionate and nonjudgmental listener, I can help you better understand your feelings of grief so that you can find relief.
After 20 years as a therapist, I know that each person is unique. During grief counseling sessions, I will respond to your needs. If you just want to talk to someone who will listen, then I will just listen. If you’re looking for a deep understanding of your experience, I can help you identify your emotions and the effects they are having on your ability to care for yourself and make conscious decisions. I will work at a pace that feels comfortable for you and offer you support and guidance as you begin to reassess your values, needs and dreams for your life. While you may feel as though you are stuck in chaos and disorder now, you can feel in control of your emotions and choices again.
After a loss, it is important to take it day by day. I can help you be kind to yourself, focus on your feelings in the present moment and identify what you need to take care of yourself. Please know that any feelings you are experiencing are okay. With time and support, healing is possible.
You may believe that grief counseling can help you feel better, but still have questions or concerns…
I’m too overwhelmed to do anything right now.
I have experienced loss in my own life, and I know it can feel impossible to do anything but grieve. I also know that grief counseling can help you feel better. I am dedicated to helping you in any way I can, including through phone and Skype sessions.
I don’t have time for grief counseling.
If you are caring for an ailing loved one, trying to get back to work or struggling to pay medical bills, it can be hard to imagine taking time for yourself. Self-care is important, and together we can figure out a schedule that will work for you. Grief counseling can offer you the renewing support you need to fulfill your responsibilities with greater ease.
How can anyone—even a therapist—understand my feelings?
While I can never know exactly what you are experiencing, I am here to listen. I am a trained, experienced and compassionate grief counselor, and I will never judge you or make you feel as though your fear, anger or sadness is invalid.
You don’t have to feel trapped and alone. I invite you to call for a free, 15-minute phone consultation to ask any questions you have about grief counseling and my practice.