Most people will go through at least 2 of the 5 stages. But there is no step-by-step process for grieving!
Coming to terms with feelings of loss and making sense of it can be a painful process. Feelings of intense sadness and anger can be overwhelming. Grief occurs in all ages, and how we experience it differs from person to person. Everyone grieves in their own way and time frame.
Grief can present as stages according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s 5 stages of grief:
Grief symptoms may include:
· Intense sadness & emotional pain
· Feeling empty and hopeless
· Yearning to be reunited with your loved one
· Constantly thinking about the deceased person or how they died
· Difficulty engaging in happy memories of the lost person
· Avoiding anything that reminds you of the loved one
· A reduced sense of identity
· Detachment and isolation from friends and family
· Lack of desire to make plans or have interests
Grief reactions and signs may include:
· Disbelief and denial
· Periods of sadness
· Loss of sleep
· Loss of appetite
How Grief Counseling Can Help:
Grief counseling is a form of therapy intended to help you cope with loss, like the death of a partner, family member, friend, colleague, or pet. Grief counseling can offer a safe place for you to express your emotions and process them so that you can start healing. You may find that you experience these emotions in different stages and grief counseling can help you navigate each stage and reach acceptance. It is important to know that this process of grieving takes time, and Christian Counseling Professionals is here to help you manage the emotions of grief that may be associated with the loss of your loved one. We can help you build resilience and teach you coping strategies to help with the intense sadness you may feel throughout your grieving process. We want to help you find a meaningful way to move through the grief while maintaining a healthy bond with the person you lost and move forward in your life.
As always, at your request, we will incorporate Biblical and spiritual principles into any therapy service.
Contact us today so we can help you navigate through this most difficult process.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18