Woodhaven, MI Grief Therapy—Counseling for Bereavement

Has a beloved friend or family member recently passed away? Can you relate to Melissa’s experience?

Melissa lost her sister suddenly about a year ago. They were best friends, but now, Melissa feels alone. She would give anything to be able to pick up the phone and talk to her sister one more time. Many of the things Melissa enjoyed in life are now painful reminders of her sister and how they shared so much of their lives. To add to her difficulty, Melissa is having trouble focusing at work, and she has made mistakes on several important projects. Melissa does not want to live like this, but moving forward without her sister feels impossible.

The death of a friend or family member might be one of life’s most excruciating losses. Grief is often and understandably associated with a loved one’s death, but people can experience grief after any kind of loss: divorce, death of a pet, physical disability, or job loss to name only a few.

While grief is a common response to loss, it is also a complex emotion to process, and people often turn to grief therapy as they navigate grief and rebuild a new normal.

Thriveworks Woodhaven, MI’s counselors regularly walk grief’s difficult path with their clients, and they love helping their clients find a bright future after loss. Grief therapy is not a silver bullet, but with time and a professional’s guidance, many people find that grief therapy helped them process complicated feelings and work toward a fulfilling, new life.

Grief and Other Emotions

Loss can come suddenly and unexpectedly. In a moment, life can change forever after an accident or injury. Loss can also be anticipated, expected, and even planned. For example, moving is a common loss that people experience, even though they often choose the loss and plan for it. Even if a loss is expected, it often rouses diverse and intense emotions that are a part of the grief.

Grief shows up in each person in a unique way. The range of emotions people feel while grieving is varied. Anyone who has lost someone or something they love may be feeling …

  • Sorrow
  • Helpless
  • Relieved
  • Anger
  • Regret
  • Lonely
  • Guilty
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Apathy
  • Yearning
  • Shock
  • Confused
  • Disoriented
  • Impatient
  • Yearning
  • Restlessness

There is not one right way to grieve. You may have been feeling some of the listed emotions, or maybe you have not. You may have been feeling emotions not included on the list or multiple feelings at the same time. Your feelings and experiences are valid. Grieving is exhausting, hard work. It is important to be patient with yourself and give yourself time to reflect upon your feelings, whatever they may be.

Many people choose to ask a compassionate grief therapist to guide them as they process these complex and varied feelings. The grief counselors at Thriveworks Woodhaven have helped many clients as they work through grief and craft a fulfilling life after a major loss.

What Does Grief Therapy Involve?

Grief counselors often help their clients understand any feelings associated with their loss. Coming to understand the grief and accept it can empower people to move through the grief instead of remaining stuck in it.

While Thriveworks Woodhaven, MI’s grief counselors tailor a treatment plan to each clients’ needs, they generally have two goals for bereavement therapy.

1) Looking back at the loss
In order to move forward, people usually need to move into the past, especially the painful loss. There is no way around grief, only through it. Grief counselors can help people work through the emotions that arose from the loss and resolve them in a meaningful way.

2) Looking toward a new future
Loss’s finality might be the most troubling aspect of grief. Accepting reality, however, is a healthy path forward. This might require people to adjust their life, making room for new people, new routines, and new things. Rebuilding after a significant loss is often frightening, but Thriveworks grief therapists know how to manage these fears and often see their clients grow to pursue a happy and purposeful life.

There is no quick-fix or shortcut to heal from grief. But many of our clients are so glad they reached out for help while walking through loss—one of life’s toughest challenges.

Grief Counseling Appointments

Are you ready to receive compassionate support from a grief counselor? Thriveworks Woodhaven, MI’s therapists have grief counseling appointments available, and they are ready to help.

Grief often feels isolating and draining. Reaching out for help is hard. Thriveworks Woodhaven, MI has tried to make scheduling an appointment as easy as possible. When you call us, a scheduling specialist will answer and be able to book your session. We also offer weekend and evening sessions.

Grief feels lonely, but you do not have to face it alone. A Thriveworks Woodhaven, MI therapists is ready to walk through the grief with you. Call to begin the journey.