Grief is a normal and healthy response to loss.
Throughout life, there is one constant we can be sure of; CHANGE. Sometimes these changes are by choice, others are out of our hands and are due to others around us and situations we have no control over. All these changes have an effect on us emotionally creating a loss of varying degrees.
What causes it?
Perhaps the most overwhelming loss is the death of someone you Love. However, feelings of grief can also accompany other losses, such as the loss of your health or the health of someone you care about—or the end of an important relationship, through divorce, a loss of a job due to better opportunities, moving or graduating from one stage of life to another, loss of a standard of living or familiar ways of being. These situations all create some sort of loss, and thus grief and a well of emotions. It is important for us to allow ourselves to grieve these losses and sometimes that may be hard to do alone.
What are my treatment options?
Being in the grieving process can feel confusing and overwhelming. We may ignore it, or try to block out the array of emotions. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and no time constraints on when and how it should happen. Getting in touch with the emotions and talking about them in a safe environment and understanding there is a process for us can help an individual move through the process. Often the grieving process is paired with feelings of denial, anger, fear, guilt, relief, shame, sadness, emptiness. The goal of therapy is to move towards a place of acceptance, forgiveness and reflection. Acknowledging the loss and exploring ALL the feelings around the loss in a supportive environment without pressure, judgment or time frames can help.
Carla Bertolin is the psychotherapist at KIH Clinic and is currently accepting patients. Read more here: http://www.kihclinic.com/our-practitioners/carla-bertolin-psych/
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