Grief is defined as deep sorrow one experiences, often in response to a loss or death. While there are emotional responses to loss, grief can also have behavioral, social, physical, and cognitive effects on an individual. This pain is often associated with the loss of a family member, friend, spouse, or pet, but can also be caused by the loss of a relationship, a job, good health, financial security, or a personal dream. The grieving process is a natural, yet painful response to difficult life events. For some, however, it can be far more serious, and grief counseling may be required to overcome it.
Five Stages of Grief
Everyone at some point in their life will experience grief. Grief is universal, yet very personal. Everyone’s timeline looks different, and there is no neat or linear way to categorize one’s personal stages. However, some commonalities of the stages of grief include:
- Denial. This is a normal first response to major and at times, unexpected life changes. Denial is the refusal to believe or admit the reality of the situation. It is a coping mechanism and a way for individuals to have more time to process the loss.
- Anger. Sometimes, before one can think rationally about a situation, anger masks the pain that one carries. The anger can be directed towards people or situations, and even inanimate objects. Feelings of bitterness and resentment may arise.
- Bargaining. This is seen in “what if” and “if only” statements and thoughts. Bargaining is a final attempt to change the outcome of a situation, and postpone feelings of sadness, grief, and loss.
- Depression. In the early stages of loss, individuals may be running from feelings of pain, hurt, and suffering. Depression is a stage of the grieving process where one begins to process these feelings. One may feel foggy, hopeless, withdrawn, heavy, and confused.
- Acceptance. This does not necessarily mean a happy ending. Acceptance simply means that the individual has come to terms with the loss, and has accepted the major life change and what life will look like for them moving forward.
Grief Counseling: Coping With Loss
The length of time spent grieving is different for each person. Grief can be difficult to go through on your own. If these feelings persist, it can be helpful to look into grief counseling to better cope with the loss and the emotions you are experiencing. Having someone to sit with you and help you through these stages of grief can be extraordinarily helpful.
At Ballen Medical and Wellness, Deede Amhowitz, MA, MFT, incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques and strategies that fit each client’s needs. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Group Therapy, individuals can learn boundaries and therapeutic skills that can help them better deal with grief and with all aspects of life.
Our IV Infusion Therapy can also help supplement grief counseling and help with general wellness. IV therapy involves administering nutrients (such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and medications) into the veins instead of by oral digestion. IV therapy is a part of the holistic approach to mental and physical health and can have positive effects on more serious issues including grief, depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, digestive issues, and many acute and chronic illnesses.
Get the help you need with Grief Counseling
If you are struggling with loss and grief in your life, do not hesitate to contact us. Building a support network and gaining skills to help cope is important for healing. To talk to our grief therapist Deede Amhowitz, MA, MFT, or receive more information on grief counseling, please call (720)738-8531 or contact us by filling out the form below.