When you think about grief, what or whom do you think of? Maybe it’s your grandmother, who passed of old age when you were in 4th grade. Or, maybe it’s your English teacher from high school who died unexpectedly in a car accident. Or, perhaps it’s your father who is still very much alive but getting older and more fragile every day. Grief is an unavoidable side effect of loss. And in much the same way, loss is an unavoidable and unfortunate part of life.
“Grief, I’ve learned, is just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.” –Anonymous
Fortunately, when you are forced to face grief and loss, there are caring professionals who can offer you crucial guidance and support. These professionals are called grief counselors and they have skills, training, and experience specific to helping people just like you process their loss.
If you’ve recently lost a beloved family member, friend, mentor, pet, or another important individual in your life, consider working with a grief counselor at Thriveworks Jacksonville, FL. Not only are our counselors some of the best mental health professionals in the area, but they truly care about you and they want to help you through your loss. To schedule your grief counseling appointment at Thriveworks Jacksonville, FL (West), just call (904) 567-7203.
What Stage of Grief Am I In?
Every single person’s grief process is different. Some people deny the reality of their loss before eventually accepting it; others go back and forth between a range of difficult emotions including sadness, anger, and regret. That said, there are several widely recognized stages of grief that many of us can attest to. These include:
- Denial: We referred to this stage above. Many people struggle to accept that the individual is really gone and they initially deny this reality.
- Anger: This stage is straightforward. A lot of us feel angry after finding out about the loss of a friend or family member, and as a result, we might lash out in anger at those around us.
- Bargaining: “If only…” “I should have…” These are a couple phrases someone might mutter in the bargaining stage. We regret what we did or didn’t say or do.
- Depression: This next stage is characterized by a state of despair and hopelessness. We need all of the support we can get during this stage of grief.
- Acceptance: Finally, acceptance. In this last stage, we accept that our loved one is no longer physically with us and we begin to move forward.
Keep in mind that everyone’s experience in grief is different. You might go through the above stages in the order they’re listed. Or, you might only experience several of the stages listed above. In any case, it’s important that you have someone you trust to talk to about your feelings, someone who can offer you support during this most difficult chapter of life. A grief counselor at Thriveworks Jacksonville (West) can provide you with that help and support. If you’ve just lost a loved one and you’re struggling to process this loss or return to your life, reach out to us today.
Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Jacksonville, FL (West)
The grief and loss counselors at Thriveworks Jacksonville, FL are here for you. Not only do they have the skills, training, and experience to help you, but they’ve been in these difficult situations themselves. They understand what it’s like and what it can mean to lose someone you’re close with. This drives them even further to assist you in processing your loss, grieving properly, and finding the right way forward.
If you are ready to work with a grief counselor, give Thriveworks Jacksonville, FL a call today at (904) 567-7203. We can set you up with a grief counselor who you can meet with onsite or in an online counseling session. It’s whichever you prefer. Either way, we’re here and we want to help.