We all experience a loss at some point in our lives. Feelings of grief and loss are not always associated with death, however, but commonly surface after a loss of some kind – whether it is the loss of a loved one, a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job. A loss of someone or something of great importance to us can have a powerful impact, leaving one feeling lost or not able to make sense of life any more. If we have lost someone or something that has been an anchor of sorts or point of reference for us in life, we will need time to rebuild a new sense of ourselves and to rediscover meaning in life.
When a person loses something or someone valuable to them, feelings of grief can sometimes feel unbearable. Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb by affecting them mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s important to understand that healing from grief is a process and everyone copes with it differently.
Many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving, but be sure to have patience with the individual (including yourself) throughout the entire process.
Through therapy, a patient may:
· Improve coping skills
· Reduce feelings of blame and guilt
· Explore and process emotions
Consider seeking professional support to work through any difficult time.