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Grief and Bereavement 

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By Dr Liliya Korallo  On April 30 2023

Grief Counselling London

To depict grief pictorially, consider walking in a forest on an evening with fog pouring down from the sky. You continue to walk in the woods amidst long trees and high grass touching your feet. But your senses and feelings are numb, and you cannot focus on anything except the loss you have suffered.

What is Grief, and is it Normal to Feel Like This?

Suffering heartbreaks, losses, and pain is part of life, and there is no end to this phenomenon of life. But the image it casts on a person’s mind and heart is the case to study. Grief is a feeling of loss and pain one endures upon losing something special or a loved one. The vacant space does not fill up quickly, and you feel lonely.

This space or gap is filled with after-effects such as anger, shock, pain, disbelief, and guilt. However, to cope with it, counselling is the necessary way forward and the only way out. But is it normal to feel this way? Yes, it is natural for a normal human being to get into all such states of emotions.

Every person carries some emotional attachment to things and people. When this attachment is disturbed, there is no way out of it. Since it is customary to undergo grief, people with solid mental character tend to live with it or find a way out of this, such as changing their life routines and habits. In contrast, introverted people primarily get deep into the grief and pain associated with it. And this is where bereavement counselling in London comes into play. 

Bereavement, Grief, and Loss are Part of Life

For any average person, undergoing happiness, sadness, and loss is natural. Life is itself a name of all these states combined into one. Every person, either mentally strong or weak, has to undergo these instances. But often, people wonder why they have to experience these situations. The answer is that the feeling of liking, loving, and associating yourself with things and people invites times of sorrow and sadness in your life, just like times of happiness and joy.

Everything is meant to finish, and one must be prepared to endure it all. Even still, all of the preparations go into the backyard upon sudden shock. Bereavement, grief, and loss are all associated with each other. The result is sorrow, sadness, and pain that haunts you for long. Losing a loved one creates a vacant space in your life that you can feel at any instant. For example, a young child who loses their parents can instantly think of the hard life the next moment.

While sorrow is natural and a fact, people can do multiple things to control themselves and better prepare themselves. This can happen through private bereavement counselling and undergoing mental activities to improve mental stability and health.  

What are the Symptoms of Grief or Loss?

While it is natural for a person to feel grief or loss, here are a few symptoms that initiate this thought.

  • Shock: Often, in the hassle of life, we are not prepared to understand the going of a loved one. And once this becomes a reality, it sends shockwaves.

  • Numbness: Associated with shock, this can be considered an after-effect of wonder where your body feels like a statue.

  • Denial: The news of sadness comes instantly, and you are not ready to accept its reality.

  • Feeling Abandoned: While the space develops into a gap, you feel like no one is around you anymore.

  • Crying: Sadness and sorrow take you to the final stage of grief, which is crying.

  • Anger: When life takes something or someone back, you feel in a battle with your life and appear to be fighting with yourself and your destiny.

  • Depression: Loneliness takes you into a state of depression and anxiety that results in mental stress.

  • Looking to the Future: This can be both positive and negative. You can either look into the future with a deep essence of loneliness. Or look at the end with a belief to live with the incident.

What are the Feelings Associated with Grief?

Though the natural feelings associated with grief are sadness, various emotions are linked to suffering. For example, you cannot decide if there is an essence of pain in despair or something like ‘it happened for the better’. In nature, how your life is affected by the passing of the incident decides what type of after-effects you will undergo.

A typical example of this is the mixed emotions that you incur when there is an end to a toxic or unwanted relationship. At the end of it, partners find it calming and relaxing that it ended. Though some of the feelings will make you sad, this sadness can be termed less painful or challenging.

However, sadness is not expected when you lose something or someone beloved. It will be haunting, and the future itself will look daunting. Also, there arrive states where you try to blame yourself and give yourself an essence of guilt. You may constantly think of words such as ‘you could’ve done better’ or ‘life would have been different had I did something different’.

For one-liner counselling, it is always advisable to consider good communication and counselling. Proper bereavement counselling does both, i.e. prevent an instant sad and stressful incident that is imminent or make you stronger after one passes by.

How Bereavement Counselling in London Can Help?

Bereavement is an after-effect, mainly when you lose someone loving and caring to death. Death is a harsh reality that does not allow you to cope easily. The essence of someone gone forever is the most haunted feeling one can go through. For this, the after-shocks can be decisive and harsh for some people. Thus, experts and professionals suggest instantly undergoing bereavement counselling and beginning the rehab process.
It is because if someone is left alone in such a case, there can be fatal consequences on their end. Also, it is always necessary to look out for your close friends, family members, and relatives if someone is going through such an incident. Guide them and make proper arrangements for them to undergo bereavement counselling.

Bereavement counselling involves:

This therapy is essential in helping people negate the negative thoughts that develop in their minds. This therapy aims to help patients develop ways to wave off negative thoughts. 

  • Psychotherapy 

Through treatment methods, psychotherapy involves helping patients change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. 

  • Meditation 

People suffering from bereavement and grief are mostly involved with mediation therapies. These therapies infuse a sense of calmness within them through the integration of mind and body. 

FAQs

How does bereavement counselling work?

Bereavement counselling works on some modes and methods to treat your grief. It can begin by guiding you through the mourning process, exploring areas that prevent you from moving forward, helping in solving these areas of conflict, helping you to adjust to new essences of relief, and addressing your issues of depression.

What is involved in bereavement counselling?

In bereavement counselling, your grief counsellors will like to know what you are suffering from and what the loss of someone means to you. After you enlighten your counsellor, they will understand what diagnosis and preventive measures best suit you.

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