Losing a loved one, or someone that you are close to—a parent, a child, sibling, spouse, or pet—can be an extremely painful experience. In addition, other losses such as miscarriage or getting let go from a job can be just as painful, as both matters involve letting go of an important part of your life and dealing with difficult emotions like sadness, anger, and confusion.
Grieving a loss can be an excruciating process, regardless of the type of loss at hand. And often, getting through this process requires a lot of support, of which can be provided by a grief counselor. Grief counselors are experts at helping people grieve their loss properly, from processing the loss to accepting the difficult emotions that come with it. They help individuals who have been grieving for months as well as those who just found out about the passing of a loved one or loss of a job yesterday. Grief counselors can help at any stage of the grief process.
“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same. Nor would you want to.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
If you are suffering from a great loss and looking for Hartford therapy, consider working with a grief counselor at Thriveworks in West Hartford. These experts understand just how important the grieving process is and they know how to help you grieve properly. Additionally, they will provide you with endless support throughout this difficult time. To schedule an appointment, just give us a call at (860) 553-3374. We’re here to help you heal from your loss.
What Is Grief? What Are the Symptoms of Grief?
Grief is a response to loss. There are different levels of grief, from a normal and healthy level of grief to complicated grief. Normal grief comes with a variety of feelings, like distress, and behaviors, like an inability to live one’s normal day to day. With the right support, though, those with normal grief are able to work through these feelings and get back to a healthy normal. Complicated grief, however, is characterized by intense distress and despair for a long period of time—sometimes even years—after a loss. Often, those who have complicated grief need help processing their loss and moving forward with life.
You might have complicated grief and require grief counseling if you experience the following symptoms for at least 6 months:
- You’re too overwhelmed by your emotions to talk to your loved ones
- Your grief is triggered by minor events
- You continuously think about your loss during day to day interactions
- You despise, fear, or obsess over the loved one’s possessions
- You have made extreme lifestyle changes after the loss
- You engage in self-destructive behavior like binge-drinking
- You experience deep despair on dates associated with the loved one lost
- You refuse to talk about the loss
- You are increasingly afraid of dying
Complicated grief can manifest in various ways. If you are experiencing the above symptoms, consider working with a grief counselor at Thriveworks — especially if you have been experiencing these symptoms of an extended amount of time or if they’ve only gotten worse. Our grief counselors want to help you process your loss, heal, and find happiness again.
Schedule Grief Counseling at Thriveworks in West Hartford, CT
Are you looking for grief therapy after losing a loved one? The grief counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in Hartford can offer you the help and support you need after experiencing such a loss. They have the knowledge, skills, and care to walk you through the grief process which might involve working through difficult feelings, accepting the loss, and confronting memories or thoughts related to your loss. We have a safe, nonjudgmental environment that will supplement a positive experience in grief counseling.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (860) 553-3374. We want to help you live a happier, healthier life.