When a person’s grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings are extremely distressing, unrelenting, or incite concern, a qualified mental health professional may be able to help. Therapy is an effective way to learn to cope with the stressors associated with the loss and to manage symptoms with techniques such as relaxation or meditation. Each experience of grief is unique, complex, and personal, and therapists will tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of each person. A therapist might help the bereaved find different ways to maintain healthy connections with the deceased through memory, reflection, ritual, or dialogue about the deceased and with the deceased.
In addition to individual therapy, group therapy can be helpful for those who find solace in the reciprocal sharing of thoughts and feelings, and recovery results are often rapid in this setting. Similarly, family therapy may be suitable for a family whose members are struggling to adapt to the loss of a family member.
Stages of Grief
Their is no set timeline for the grief process. The loss of a loved one or pet is not easy and it can take a long time to accept and move forward. While there is no set time for any stage of grief the general process will have the client going through the following 5 stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
Restoring Hope Counseling Center
618 Ponder Place Drive, Suite 2 Evans, GA 30809 Phone: 706.825.8491 Fax:706.550.0340