Hampton, VA Grief Counseling—Therapy for Bereavement, Loss, and Mourning
If your loved one has recently pass away, you may be able to relate with Michelle’s experience.
Michelle’s brother passed away a few months ago. He was not just her older brother, he was Michelle’s friend, confidant, and protector. Michelle and her brother did not grow up with much, but they always had each other. But now, Michelle is not sure how to live without him. She is waking up each night with vivid dreams and cannot focus during the day. Michelle wants to feel good about life again, but living without her brother is not easy.
Losing a beloved friend or family member might be one of life’s most excruciating challenges. Understandably, the death of a loved one can trigger grief, but people can grieve any loss: moving, change in job, disabling accident, death of a pet—to name a few.
Because loss is a common occurrence, so is grief. In some way, shape or form, every person feels grief, and many people need help processing bereavement.
The therapists at Thriveworks Hampton, VA have journeyed through grief with many clients, guiding them toward renewed purpose and happiness. Counseling for grief therapy is no silver bullet or magic formula, but with time and a professional’s help, many people are empowered to overcome their grief and loss.
What Is Grief?
Loss can be a surprise, sudden, and unexpected. A natural disaster, diagnosis, or accident often change lives without any warning.
Loss can also be anticipated, even prepared for. People can plan for a move or a career change for months or even years, but when the transition happens, they often still mourn the losses that occur.
Grief often unleashes a variety of emotions. Each person’s feelings are unique to them and to the loss they have experienced. What people feel in response to loss is often a clue into what the loss signified for them. Paying attention to these emotions can be important for healing. If you are grieving, have you also experienced any of these emotions?
Do any of these sound familiar? Maybe you can identify some of the emotions on the list as feelings you have experienced while you mourned. Whatever you have felt, know that your emotions are legitimate and important.
When people give themselves the freedom to feel anything, the process can be exhilarating and exhausting. Many people want guidance on how to handle these complex and varied emotions. Grief counselors can shepherd the process of learning to cope with challenging emotions.
Should I Get Help for My Grief?
The onset of grief can also lead to the onset of mental health challenges. Consider starting grief therapy if you have experienced …
- Decreased desire to participate in everyday life
- A preoccupation with the circumstances of a loved one’s death
- Avoiding any reminder of the deceased
- Intense anxiety or panic attacks
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Overwhelming resentment or anger
- Inability to control emotions
- Feelings of meaningless or depression
What Is Grief Therapy?
Thriveworks Hampton, VA Grief therapy gives individualized care to each client. Every person faces grief in a unique way, so they help they need is unique too. But in general, grief counseling has two goals:
1) Work through the loss
The journey toward healing usually involves a step back toward the pain. Reflecting upon the loss, naming its significance, and processing the emotions that it roused is a difficult undertaking. However, healing usually means going through the pain, not around it.
2) Work for the future
After working through the loss, people often are ready to work for their future. Loss usually means changes, and building a healthy future means accepting those changes. People often have to make adjustments for a new schedule, possibly a new relationship, or even a new perspective. But when they do this, they often find a new, fulfilling future, even after the loss.
Therapy is a lot of work and requires determination and time. However, many people are relieved to receive guidance for navigating their grief.
Appointments for Grief Counseling
Have you suffered a devastating loss? Is everyday life harder because of the grief you are experiencing? The grief counselors at Thriveworks Hampton, VA want to support you as you work toward healing.
Choosing to pursue grief therapy is a difficult decision, and we want to respect that decision from the moment you make it. When you first call our office, know that a scheduling specialist will answer your call, and we can often schedule your first appointment for the following day. We even offer weekend and evening sessions. But we do not keep a waitlist.
Grief is often an isolating journey. The counselors at Thriveworks Hampton, VA are trusted and compassionate guides along the way.