Bereavement Counselling for Grief & Loss in Fareham & Southampton
Death and loss are an inevitable part of life, however, when we experience bereavement, in the form of the loss of someone close to us, we can become overwhelmed with grief, experiencing shock, numbness, sadness, and often anger. These are all normal responses of the grieving process. However, if left unprocessed, such losses can leave us with emotional scars and long-term difficulties.
If you have experienced the death of someone who was very important to you, you may find it difficult to adjust to the massive changes that will be happening in your life right now. Grief can turn your world upside down, changing your beliefs, your personality, and even your sense of reality.
Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period – everyone must learn to cope in their own way, and grieve in their own time.
“You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF BEREAVEMENT, GRIEF AND LOSS?
Usually, the first response to the loss of someone is shock and disbelief, as we find it difficult to accept the reality of the loss. This is then usually followed by denial. For example, you might try and convince yourself that life is just the same as it was before, and you may even re-enact day to day activities such as making a cup of tea for your partner; this is quite normal and understandable. These feelings of denial may then give way to feelings of anger and even guilt. These emotions can manifest themselves in a variety of different ways and can include becoming easily agitated and having emotional outbursts. Often a period of depression may follow, as can bouts of irritability, changes in appetite, lack of motivation, social withdrawal and sometimes even physical pains. You may feel that your life simply does not have a purpose anymore, and that it has lost its meaning. Finally, you start to enter a time of acceptance for your loss; during this stage your thoughts of loss may become less intense and less frequent, allowing you to regain your motivation and energy. Reaching this final stage can, however, take considerable time, and is a process that cannot be hurried. That is one of the many ways Bereavement Counselling at the Fareham Counselling Centre can help you.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY HELP WITH BEREAVEMENT/GRIEF?
Bereavement counselling may be able to provide support during these very challenging times, allowing you the opportunity to talk about the loss, and allowing you to safely adjust to their new life with all its changes – good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness sometimes prolongs the pain.
Counselling can help you acknowledge the pain and move forward with your life. Counselling can be a helpful way of coming to terms with loss. Bereavement counsellors at the Fareham Counselling Centre can offer you a space to explore your feelings in a confidential and safe environment, and can support you, either on a short or long-term basis, through this difficult time.
“If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. And if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning
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Bereavement counselling at the Fareham Counselling Centre can assist you in managing your emotions at this difficult time, and can help you get your life back on track, no matter how much pain you are feeling at this time and whatever difficulties you are facing.
LET US HELP YOU TODAY
Counselling at the Fareham Counselling Centre, can assist you in managing your emotions at this difficult time, and can help you get your life back on track, no matter how much pain you are feeling at this time and whatever difficulties you are facing.
Call us now on 07946 641270, or complete our online form to book an appointment with one of our Counsellors in our Fareham Practice TODAY!