Losing someone you love can be incredibly traumatic, and we are here to help.
Sometimes we have a long time to prepare and other times it comes out of the blue, but no matter the circumstance, we are never really ready to let go. Whilst there are recognised stages of grief, the process is different for all of us. It is important to remember that we are all unique and there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
Our team of therapists are incredibly sensitive and know that you need when you most need it. They will do their utmost to lift your spirits, to bring you some sense of closure, so that you can begin to accept your feelings and what has happened in your own time and find peace once again. The Online Therapy 247 platform has a number of experience bereavement counsellors, bereavement psychotherapist, life coaches who can provide support and advice.
Bereavement grief counselling can help you come to terms with a loss and deal with your grief for a loved one more effectively. Some people do prefer to talk to their friends and family about a bereavement, but a professional counsellor can help too. Bereavement counselling is also known as grief counselling.
Signs and Symptoms of Bereavement
It’s normal and natural to experience grief and loss after a loved one passes away. It may take a while for this feeling to ‘sink in’, or you may be instantly affected. If you are finding it tough to carry on with your everyday life and work, struggling with coping with grief, bereavement counselling may help. Some people find it hard to focus on their jobs, care for their children, socialise, feel guilt or not sleep after a loss. A bereavement grief counsellor may help you by teaching you coping mechanisms to assist you when grief hits hard. If you feel overwhelmed by your loss and grief is having a considerable impact on your life, it may be time to turn to a professional bereavement counsellor.
Coping with Grief and Loss
Bereavement counselling is designed to help you cope with grief so you can stop it interfering with your day-to-day life and improve mental health. It is not designed to make you forget about your loss but it can help you come to terms with it and improve your emotional health. It’s important to remember that grief is not exactly the same as sadness. It can include sadness but may also consist of anger, guilt, shock and anxiety, our mental health therapists can help you understand what you are experiencing.
What if I don’t feel sad?
Some people take longer than others to emotionally process and accept a death. You may not experience all the emotions associated with grief and loss, whilst you are processing your loss. You may even feel guilty about a lack of emotional response. This is also perfectly normal – in many cases, people don’t feel impacted by a death for several weeks or even months. People often consult bereavement counsellors because the grieving process hasn’t begun when they feel it should be well underway.
The Process of Coping with Grief
Although not everyone responds to loss in the same way, many people do experience grief in stages. The Kubler-Ross grief model features the five well-known stages of grief, which are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Though some people experience the stages in this order, some do not. Some people only experience a few of these stages. It’s common for people to find comfort in this model, but there is no need to feel bad or guilt, if your experience doesn’t mirror this. It’s also important to remember that there is no time limit to grief. Don’t feel bad if you are still grieving months or years after the event.
Bereavement Support Services
Bereavement support often consists of one-to-one sessions with a therapist but it can take place in support groups too. Some people prefer to attend support groups as they find it helpful to share their experiences and find out how others are coping with their loss. During your first bereavement counselling session, you will normally be asked about your loss, your relationship with the person who has passed away and how you are currently feeling. Don’t be afraid to express powerful emotions during a counselling session. This will not offend your therapist. One of the biggest benefits of bereavement counselling is that it allows you to express yourself without being judged. Signing up for bereavement grief counselling is never a sign of weakness. It is in fact strong to get support and help from someone, when you require it.
How to tell if grief has become depression
Although grief and depression share symptoms like insomnia, sadness, weight loss and loss of appetite, the former is usually decreases over time. Grief is more likely to lift from time to time, and you may feel better when you are in specific situations. From a mental health perspective, depression is normally more persistent and is often felt even when you’re in situations you would normally enjoy. However, with atypical depression, your mood may improve when you are doing things that you enjoy. The difference between grief and atypical depression is that symptoms normally include excessive sleeping, eating and weight gain.
How Do I Get Bereavement Counselling?
We are here for you if grief is interfering with your day-to-day life and you wish to speak to a professional counsellor. Our therapists have years of experience to draw upon. They will listen closely to what you have to say, allowing you to air whatever is troubling you. They will do their utmost to raise your spirits and deliver a sense of closure, helping you accept what has happened and returning you to a state of peace.
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Many people have experienced an unexpected loss recently due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Whether your loss was expected or came out of the blue, dealing with a death can be incredibly challenging without help. Some people even experience conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of a death. Let us improve your mental health, wellbeing and provide you with a safe space where you won’t be judged.
Our Bereavement Specialists
Rick, Zahida and Joanne are particularly skilled in this mental health area. If you need to chat to one of our bereavement counsellors or therapists, you can call us 24 hours a day on +44 (0)20 7553 5080
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