Grief and Loss Support

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What is Grief?

Grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of, or change in, a familiar pattern of behavior. Grief is the feeling of reaching out for someone who has always been there, only to find when you need them again, they are no longer there.

Grief is not the same for everyone.

Typical Responses to Grief:

  • Reduced concentration

  • A sense of numbness

  • Disrupted sleeping patterns

  • Changed eating habits

  • Roller coaster of emotional energy

How do I know if Grief Recovery is right for me?

  • If you find it most challenging to think about or talk about someone who has died, or express feelings about any other losses

  • If fond memories turn painful, you may be experiencing unresolved grief

  • If you want to talk only about the positive aspects of the relationship, you may be experiencing unresolved grief

  • Wanting to talk about only the negative aspects of the relationship, might be unresolved grief

Unresolved grief may be at the root of any fear associated with thoughts or feelings about a relationship.

What is Grief Recovery?

Recovery from loss is achieved by a series of small and correct choices. Sadly, most of us have not been given the necessary information with which to make correct choices in response to a loss.

Recovery means feeling better.

Healing is finding new meaning for living, without the fear of being hurt again.

Recovery is being able to enjoy fond memories without having them turn painful.

Recovery is acknowledging that it is perfectly all right to feel sad from time to time and to talk about those feelings no matter how those around you react.

Recovery is acknowledging that it is perfectly all right to feel sad from time to time and to talk about those feelings no matter how those around you react.

Most importantly, healing means acquiring the skills we should have been taught as a child. These skills allow us to deal with loss directly.

Recovering from a significant emotional loss is not an easy task. Taking the actions that lead to recovery will require your attention, open-mindedness, willingness, and courage.

Sara Collins, LMFT, holds a Grief and Loss Support Group at The EFT Clinic twice a year. Visit our Groups Page for more information about upcoming support groups.

Therapists who offer Grief and Loss Support at The EFT Clinic