Grief counseling is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people cope with grief and mourning following the death of loved ones, or with major life changes that trigger feelings of grief (e.g., divorce).
During the grieving process, one can experience a wide range of emotions and behaviours. Everyone experiences and expresses grief in their own way, often shaped by culture, upbringing and societal expectations. It is not uncommon for a person to withdraw from their friends and family and feel helpless; some might be angry and want to take action. Some may laugh.
Support is an important part of this process, in helping us express the emotions we are experiencing and to be reassured that what we are experiencing is ok and normal. Also just having someone to listen and support us during these difficult times of loss can be very powerful and healing.
Psychotherapy provides an avenue for healthy resolution of grief. Where the process of grieving is interrupted, for example, by simultaneously having to deal with practical issues of survival or by being the strong one and holding a family together, grief can remain unresolved and later resurface and remain as an issue for counseling.