“Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” -Earl Grollman
Previous pains seem to pale in comparison to losing a loved one. The emotions come in a range and intensity so wide, you may feel like you are drowning in it. On the other hand, maybe you don’t feel anything, only a numbness that you fear will never pass.
Grief can come from any loss. It can be devastating. Thriveworks Newark is here for you as you battle the pain, trauma, and loneliness. Healing is possible, and you don’t have to go through it alone.
What Is Grief and Loss Therapy?
As painful as it is, grief is natural and healthy. It is harmful when grief becomes so strong you can’t move on. That’s when a Thriveworks Newark counselor can come in and walk beside you.
Psychologists believe there are five stages of grief, although individual experiences vary, based on you and your unique situation.
Confusing emotions, we know. But it’s okay to be angry or depressed or desperate when you lost someone you loved. It doesn’t make you weak. Thriveworks Newark wants to help you grieve so you can honor their memory while you adapt to a new way of life, one where you can still thrive.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. Grief is dangerous when we get “stuck” on one of the stages. Having trouble with one or more stages is okay, just as it is okay to have professional help to get you to a place of health and love. You deserve to be free of this weight, and to live life to the fullest.
Thriveworks Newark’s goal is not to make you forget your loved on, but to walk with you as you heal. Some tools our counselors can help you use include:
- Art and music therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Adapting to a new role
- Managing changes in behavior or schedule
- Developing new relationships or rekindling old ones with friends and family
- Cultivating a new way of life if necessary
- Talk therapy
These are just of the few strategies we can practice in a grief and loss counseling session. Thriveworks Newark will always put you at the focus of a session. Your personality, goals, and experiences are all unique and an important part of a counseling session.
Do I Need Grief Therapy?
Pain will always be a part of the grieving process. So, in a time that is already plagued with high emotions and unusual habits, when do you know it’s gone too far? It’s hard to know for sure.
Thriveworks Newark is here for you no matter what you are struggling with. There is no issue too big or too small that should bar you from seeing a counselor. If you aren’t entirely happy with where you are in life, professional guidance can be exactly what you need to help you get there. We want to walk with you as you fight for the life you deserve.
Some signs that might point you in the right direction include:
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Unrelentless depression
- Inability to find joy in activities and people you previously did
- A small or weak support system
- Avoiding friends or family
- Fear or apprehension over forming new relationships
- Numbness of emotion
- Finding more things to keep yourself busy and distracted
- Sudden changes in behavior (like anger, sleep or eating patterns)
- Inability to move past the pain- if it’s been months or years and you still feel this way, it may be time to seek relief through professional counseling
It takes bravery and strength to reach out for help, especially in a time of pain like when you are grieving a loss. Thank you for trusting us to do so. Thriveworks Newark will be here to support and encourage you as you walk towards healing and health.