Franklin Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling – Grief Therapists and Counselors in Franklin, MA

After more than 30 years of marriage, your partner, the love of your life passes away. You feel like part of you has died. How do you recover from such a loss? Or, a family member who you were very close to loses their struggle with a terminal illness. How does one carry on after such a strategy? It is helpful to discuss the resulting pain with a trained professional experienced with how people experiencing such heartbreaks can learn to cope.

Grief and bereavement counseling is designed to help people cope with mourning and loss, not only following the death of a loved one but also with the sense of loss following a divorce or loss of a job. An individual’s sense of identity can very closely be tied to their roles as a spouse or as a professional. The end of one’s marriage or job can damage one’s identity creating a severe sense of loss.

Therapists providing grief counseling understand the importance that a family’s heritage and culture play in how someone experiences and expresses grief. However, grieving is also very personal with individual differences in how each of us overtly manifest deep feelings of loss. Various emotions associated with grief include: sadness, nervousness, irrational fears, anger, loneliness, guilt and shame, isolation, confusion, or emotionally numb.

People will often will often withdraw from their friends and family separating themselves from the potential source of support. As a result, people will compound the and feel helpless.

However, others will become angry and want to take action. But the emotional distress that they feel also may distort their judgment and decision making. As a result, problems associated with the loss can be multiplied.

Grief counselors at Thriveworks Franklin realize that people’s response to loss can range widely in emotion and behavior. They also know that the grieving person will benefit from proper and competently delivered supports. They also realize that counseling may provide an opportunity for healthy resolution that bereavement may present. But for this to happen the grieving process must be allowed to proceed for an adequate amount of time. If the process of grieving is interrupted by other life stressors, such as having to provide financially for the family or caring for a seriously ill family member.

Sometimes a person may feel that they need to be strong for other grieving family members. This can leave issues that are generated from the sense of loss to remain but not address. This underling stress, if left unresolved, can later resurface and manifest in symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Other symptoms may include disorganization, fatigued, lack of concentration, sleep disturbance with frequent nightmares and significant change in appetite.

A person can also suffer anticipatory grief which is expecting the loss of a loved one who is suffering a terminal illness. This type of grief can be intrusive characterized by frequent worry and anxiety. These symptoms can handicap that a person’s ability to stay within the moment while the individual can simultaneously attempt to hold onto, let go of, and draw closer to the dying relative.

In her book, The Phoenix Phenomenon: Rising from the Ashes of Grief, Joanne Jozefowski summarizes five stages to rebuild a shattered life:

  • Impact: shock, denial, anxiety, fear, and panic.
  • Chaos: confusion, disbelief, actions out of control, irrational thoughts and feelings, feeling despair, feeling helpless, desperate searching, lose track of time, difficulty sleeping and eating, obsessive focus on the loved one and their possessions, agony from imagining their physical harm, shattered beliefs.
  • Adapting: bringing order back into daily life while you continue to grieve: take care of basic needs (personal grooming, shopping, cooking, cleaning, paying bills), learn to live without the loved one, accept help, focus on helping children cope, connect with other grieving families for mutual support, take control of grieving so that grief does not control you, slowly accept the new reality.
  • Equilibrium: attaining stability and routines: reestablish a life that works all right, enjoy pleasant activities with family members and good times with friends, do productive work, choose a positive new direction in life while honoring the past, learn how to handle people who ask questions about what you’ve been through.
  • Transformation: rethinking your purpose in life and the basis for your identity; looking for meaning in tragic, senseless loss; allowing yourself to have both painful and positive feelings about your loss and become able to choose which feelings you focus on; allowing yourself to discover that your struggle has led you to develop a stronger, better version of yourself than you expected could exist; learning how to talk with others about your heroic healing journey without exposing them to your pain; becoming supportive of others trying to deal with their losses.

If you have experience tragic loss, take the step to seek help and support by contacting Thriveworks today. A therapist at Thriveworks-Franklin can help determine the type of support you need and how to provide it competently and caringly. Make an appointment to see a Thriveworks-Franklin Therapist by call us at 617-360-7210. They are there to help!

References
Kneip, Richard. “Psychology of Grief”. GLPG.

Nadeau, Janice Winchester: Families Making Sense of Death. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998

Neimeyer, Robert: Lessons of Loss: A Guide to Coping. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998

Rando, Therese A.: Clinical Dimensions of Anticipatory Mourning. Champaign, IL: Research Press, 2000

Joanne Jozefowski The Phoenix Phenomenon: Rising from the Ashes of Grief Jason Aronson, Inc.: Northvale, NJ, 1999.

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Insight and Support

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I was pleased with the quick and easy access to services through the Thriveworks website. My own HMO had a long process and wait list during these times of Covid. I chose Jane Eagles to work with because I wanted a mature therapist with lots of experience. She was able to tune right into my situation and my goals for the sessions. She raised great questions for me to consider and always took time to reiterate the main takeaways of our time together. I appreciated her wisdom and clarity as well as her sense of humor.
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I can't speak any more highly of Thriveworks. Mikkah has truly been such an important person in my life since I started coming to therapy. I was skeptical at first, knowing that "the first therapist you see may not be the right 'fit' for you," but I was lucky enough to have immediately clicked with Mikkah. It took a bit of time for me to really open up and start to dig deep in my own emotion, but Mikkah was so patient and made me feel so comfortable. She truly has helped me identify a lot of different things I was feeling, but couldn't understand why. I originally came to therapy for adult ADD, recommended by my PCP, but I used therapy as a healthy outlet to start talking about things I have experienced that has caused my mental clarity to fog. Mikkah has truly been such a savior in my life and I can't express my gratitude I have for her. She is extremely professional but makes me feel so comfortable talking about literally anything - almost like we've been best friends for years, even though I just met her a few short months ago. I am so happy with how my therapy is going and I always leave a session feeling better than how I went in. Thank you Thriveworks and thank you especially to Mikkah! You are incredible!!
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Greg has made a difference in my life , he’s very understanding of what I’ve be through, makes suggestions to help me deal with my anxiety and depression. We are very blessed , to have him as our counselor, these past few years .
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Dr Jane Eagles

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As a close professional colleague for 20 years I have seen Jane Eagles assist many children, adolescents, and families with a variety of life challenges achieve improved health and well being. Dr Jane Eagles is insightful, knowledgable, kind, patient, and helpful. I highly recommend her.
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Dr. Jane Eagles

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Jane is a highly skilled and experienced clinician who has worked with people of all ages. Combined with her empathy, dedication, and respect for those with whom she works, Jane has proven to be extremely effective in helping others work on and achieve their goals. Her professionalism is undisputed and I recommend Jane without any reservation.
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Jane Eagles

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Jane is an experienced, dedicated counselor who has worked with all age groups. Her commitment to whomever she is assisting is exemplary. Her professionalism is of the highest quality; compassion, confidentiality and respect are at the forefront. A wonderful counselor who has my personal and professional admiration.
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Jim Gardner helped me immensely

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Jim helped me get through a rough patch in my life. He has a lot of wisdom from his past and his experience as a gay man. I came to him crying everyday and mopey, and by the end I had really seen a huge change in my overall mental health. I was not in the area for very long and he was excellent at making sure I got as much as possible from my limited number of sessions. I would absolutely recommend him to people in their early twenties struggling with their transition into adulthood as well as anyone struggling with general anxiety and depression. jó, én hiányozni fogom!
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Honest & Supportive

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Jim Gardner helped me through the darkest time in my life. He was direct & honest while being compassionate and supportive. It’s like talking to a life long friend. I felt like I could talk openly without judgement. So thankful for you Jim!
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I wanted to chat to ask a question regarding insurance, a simple one I thought. The chat time said 2 minutes I waited longer and no response. A little discouraged now on getting a therapist.
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Having the pleasure of working with Ralphi, the first word that comes to my mind is comfort. When I think of Ralphi, my heart smiles. She is a talented and experienced therapist who makes every person that comes through her door feel hopeful. I have observed her in action with her clientele, collaborated with her on family therapy, and admire her immense knowledge of the human condition and difficulties. There is always a hopeful path to take in Ralphi's approach to life. Lucky are the clients who have her as their therapist!
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I have been seeing JIM Gardner for quite some time. He is a wonderful counselor who listens and cares. He has been a great help to me with many of my family problems and anxiety.
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Todd Letitia is a great clinician!

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I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Letitia for over 10 years. He is a skilled clinician and offers his patients support and encouragement. He is a dedicated professional who has many years of experience in the field.
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Todd

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I've had the pleasure of having Todd as a clinical supervisor and he was great!! He's very knowledgeable, insightful and most importantly he loves what he does. He has always been professional and ethical. Wonderful person to work with.
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Todd Letitia

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Todd Letitia is an amazing clinician. He is extremely easy to talk to and makes you feel welcomed from day one.
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Dr. Greg Handel

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I have experienced Dr. Greg Handel to be a uniquely empathic and sensitive psychologist who brings clarity and hope for the challenges we face in our life journeys. The warmth and confidence that he exemplifies in his interactions distinguish him as a remarkable mental health clinician. All of these positive attributes contribute to the inspiration that allows one to believe that facing challenges and changes is doable. I may not like the thought of changes, but I can see them as less intimidating when reminded of my own strengths and capabilities. Dr. Handel reminds me that although I may need to sharpen them from time to time, I own these tools for success and joy in my life.
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Dr. Gregory Handel

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Dr. Gregory Handel exemplifies the dignity and insight into human behavior that is required to provide caring and lasting help for others. His ability to listen and respond, to disstill often complex problems, and to offer a way forward is a welcome and refreshing approach. It can seem daunting today in our fast paced world to cut through the noise and listen to ourselves and our family and friends. Dr. Handel is someone I trust and I've always appreciated the feedback and support he provides.
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Dr. Handel – Exceptional Character

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Dr. Gregory Handel is not only an exceptional psychologist but is an exceptional human being as well. Always going above and beyond to provide support, care, and love for those in need. This man exemplifies all the right qualities of a counselor, he is patient, listens intently, and is honest, always. No matter what struggle or conflict you may have endure or are enduring, Dr. Greg Handel will always do everything in his power to help you through it. Filled with compassion, empathy, and wisdom, there is no one in the therapeutic industry better qualified.
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