The passing of a loved one can be, and often is, absolutely devastating. This loss can bring about difficult feelings: despair, emptiness, anger, hopelessness, confusion. It can cause one to question everything they know to be true. It can severely impact important areas of life, both personal and professional. And it can leave one wondering where to turn.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing.
Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim.” –Vicki Harrison
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you can turn to a grief and loss therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda. They understand that losing a loved one is one of the most difficult challenges you can experience in your lifetime. And they have the expertise, experience, and training to help you work through it.
The professionals at Thriveworks Bethesda stand out from other mental health care providers. In addition to their skills and experience, they truly care about the wellbeing of their clients and they go above and beyond to help them live a better life. They can help you to process your loss, manage the harmful symptoms of grief, and learn to live a happy life again. Give us a call at (240) 513-3093 if you think you could benefit from grief therapy and are ready to schedule an appointment.
Am I Grieving? 5 Common Stages of Grief
There are five stages of grief, according to Psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. The truth, however, is that the grief process can look different for every individual. They might enter every single one of these stages, or they might only enter several. That being said, the following are often experienced by those grieving the loss of a loved one:
- Denial: When you’re in this stage, you refuse to believe that the individual is truly gone. You might feel confused, shocked, and scared.
- Anger: In this stage, you are enraged by the loss. You might feel frustrated, irritated, or even anxious.
- Bargaining: When in this stage, you focus on everything you “should have done.” You might think about the treatment the individual didn’t receive but should have.
- Depression: In this stage, you are overwhelmed with despair as related to the loss of your loved one. You might feel hopeless, useless, or even hostile.
- Acceptance: Here, you have accepted the loss and started to explore what your life looks like without the individual. This does not mean that you’ve forgotten about him or her.
Are you in one of the above stages right now? Do they sound familiar? If you have lost a loved one and you need help processing this loss as well as moving forward with your life, consider working with a grief and loss therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda.
What Are the Symptoms of Grief?
It might be easier for you to understand grief in terms of symptoms, rather than stages. Here are several common symptoms of grief:
These emotions can be expressed in different ways. You might withdraw from your loved ones as a result of your guilt or shame; another individual might cling to their loved ones. You might quit your job or stop showing up as a result of your despair or numbness; another individual might focus only on his work.
Whatever the case, a grief and loss therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda can help you to work through your symptoms and live a happy, healthy life again. It might feel impossible right now, but they can help you get there.
Schedule an Appointment for Grief Therapy at Thriveworks Bethesda
If you’ve recently lost a loved one, the grief therapists at Thriveworks Bethesda want to offer you their professional help and support. They will use their skills, knowledge, and experience to guide you through the grieving process.
When you are ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (240) 513-3093. One of our scheduling specialists will collect your information and then help you to set up a session with one of our grief therapists. You will have flexible options to choose from, including evening and weekend appointments. We look forward to hearing from you and, more importantly, helping you heal.