~ GRIEF & LOSS ~
Grief can result from a lot of different
situations, including divorce, trauma, or the loss of a loved one. The most
difficult grief is usually the death of a child or spouse. If not addressed,
this grief can result in depression or physical ailments. Because of this, grief
counseling is important.
Though there is no definite period of time that it takes for people to cope with grief and loss, there are typically five stages
that we all go through when experiencing grief. The first stage of grief is
denial, which is a feeling of numbness that we feel, as well as not being able to fathom
the idea that the person is no longer here. The next stage is anger in which a
client may feel a need to lash out at someone or blame someone else, even God,
for the loss. From there, one moves to the third stage, bargaining. This
involves us trying to negotiate a way to reverse the situation, such as
promising God that we will do something different. Though realistically we know
this is not feasible, it gives us some hope. The fourth stage is depression.
Clients may feel hopeless, helpless, and lonely. Working with a therapist at
this point is important in order help ensure that one does not neglect his/her
responsibilities or damage relationships due to the overwhelming sadness and
uncertainty that accompanies depression. The final stage is acceptance, in which
the client begins to understand that the loss is part of life and they can move
on with their lives in a healthy way. Caring and compassionate grief counseling
can help one sort out the multitude of emotions that are experienced. Not
everyone will go through these stages at the same pace, and these stages may not
be relevant to everyone.