Grief and Loss

Common Symptoms of Grief and Loss:

  • Sadness - A profound sadness is extremely normal, as well as feeling empty and lonely.
  • Shock - The reality of your loss may take time to hit you. You may even feel “ok” for a period of time as if nothing has changed.
  • Guilt - Some people experience regret or guilt over what they wish they had or hadn’t done, while others feel guilty for simply being alive while their loved one is gone.
  • Anger - Often people feel angry about their loss, that’s ok. The goal is try to not judge yourself and simply experience your emotions.
  • Fear - Loss can disrupt a sense of security and safety, it is not uncommon to feel anxious and fearful of continuing with life following a loss.
  • Physical Symptoms - Symptoms such as stomach issues, headaches, fatigue and insomnia are common following a loss.

Where do I start?

Support is very important in helping move through grief and loss. Talking about your loss can help ease your pain and process the many complex feelings you may be experiencing. More than anything, it is important to know you are not alone.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Understand your grief

Better understand how your loss impacted your life. Do you feel stuck in depression, anger or anxiety? Are you having difficulty resuming your life or functioning following your loss? Maybe you aren’t sleeping well or are using drugs or alcohol to cope with the pain. Or maybe you simple feel lost. These are all common experiences stemming from grief and loss, in a therapy session you will have time to better understand exactly how your loss is impacting you.

Talk about it

I’m often asked the question, “how can talking about my loss help when I just want to move on?” When you feel ready, talking can help you get in touch with your grief and allow you to make sense of it. Keeping feelings buried can cause grief to linger and ultimately hurt more.