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Western Counsellor

Caring guidance, empathic and non-judgemental approach

Grief and Loss Counselling

Loss, grief and mourning are defined separately. Anytime a loss is experienced, an individual may grieve and mourn. Loss can include people, a part of one's self, a skill or ability and/or an external object.

Grief is our response to a loss whether it be loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of a job through redundancy, children leaving home, loss of some aspect of ourself, treasured objects or any other loss that makes us feel very sad.

Each of us at some place and space in our lives will grieve. Grief is a universal experience. The occurrence of grief has no respect for gender, occupation, or socioeconomic status. None of us is immune. Stephanie Ericsson wrote: 'Grief is a tidal wave that overtakes you, smashes down upon you with unimagineable force, sweeps you up into its darkness, where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces, only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised and reshaped'.

Because grief will touch all of us at some point in our lives, there are some identifiable ways to help you in your journey of grief.

Everyone experiences grief differently, there is no ‘right’ way to grieve, and misconceptions about the grieving process can make the bereaved person question their feelings and sanity. Understanding what grief can be like, finding ways to safely express strong emotions, and coming up with coping strategies can all help a bereaved person to tolerate the pain of their loss.