Have you ever lost a loved one? Have you ever been fired from a job that was dear to your heart? Have you have ever had to put a beloved pet down? These are all tough losses that can be absolutely devastating. In all of these scenarios, you’re forced to let go of an important someone or something that you love. Additionally, you’re flooded with difficult emotions like sadness, anger, fear, even confusion. And you have no choice but to accept and work through them.
The good news is that you don’t have to work through these emotions or grieve your loss alone. There are medical professionals who specialize in helping people just like you to grieve their heartbreaking losses. This process might involve confronting those difficult emotions we just listed, accepting the loss, learning new coping tools, and ultimately figuring out how to live happily again.
“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
If you have recently lost a beloved friend or family member, job, or pet, be sure to get the help you need to heal properly. If you are in West Bloomfield, MI or the Oakland County area, consider working with a grief counselor at Thriveworks West Bloomfield—these professionals have the skills, training, and experience to guide you through your grief and offer you essential support during this hard time. If you’re interested in hearing more about grief counseling or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, give Thriveworks West Bloomfield in Oakland a call at (248) 716-7057.
What Are the 5 Stages of Grief?
There are five stages of grief that help to explain this process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler explained in their book On Grief and Grieving, “The five stages of grief are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. Not everyone goes through all of them or in a prescribed order.” That said, let’s understand these stages of grief a little better:
- Denial: This stage is characterized by avoidance, confusion, and fear. In this stage, an individual might deny the loss or avoid confronting the reality of their loss head on.
- Anger: This stage is characterized by frustration and irritation. The individual is angry that their loved one has “left them” or that they have been fired from their job.
- Bargaining: In this stage, an individual struggles to come to terms with their loss and needs extra support from others.
- Depression: In this stage, one might feel overwhelmed, helpless, and/or hostile. They sink into a deep despair as a result of their loss.
- Acceptance: In this last stage, the individual begins to accept the loss and takes important steps that allow him or her to move on with their lives.
Again, these stages are meant to explain different elements of the grieving process. They do not represent a linear timeline of what one might experience as the result of a loss. Now, if you find yourself struggling after a tough loss, that’s all you need to reach out for help. Losing a loved one is often one of the hardest experiences in life, and you need all of the support you can get. Let a grief counselor at Thriveworks West Bloomfield in Oakland County provide you with that support and more.
Work with a Grief Counselor at Thriveworks West Bloomfield in Oakland
The grief counselors at Thriveworks West Bloomfield in Oakland County are caring medical professionals who want to make a big difference in your life. They know just how hard it can be to accept a heartbreaking loss and move on with your life afterward. They also know how to help you through the grieving process and toward a happy, healthy you again.
Are you looking for Oakland therapy? If you are grieving the loss of a loved one (or you’re devastated by another loss), give Thriveworks West Bloomfield in Oakland County a call at (248) 716-7057. A scheduling specialist will answer your call and assist you in scheduling an appointment that’s convenient for you. We have flexible appointments to choose from, including evenings and weekends. We look forward to your call.