Grief & Loss and Disenfranchised Grief
The complicated part about grief is that it affects people in unique and diverse ways. Different situations may trigger grief for some individuals, but not for others.
Circumstances that may cause grief include:
- Loss of a loved one.
- Sudden unemployment.
- Failure in personal goals or dreams.
- Broken friendship.
- A failed romantic relationship.
- Death of a beloved pet.
Furthermore, the range of emotions and behaviors that may be experienced as a response to grief are numerous and often confusing.
Different manifestations of grief include:
- Extreme sadness, even depression.
- Self-isolation or withdrawal.
- Anger, anxiety, or fear.
- Problems with acceptance.
- Immersion in school or work.
- Friction in relationships.
Processing grief is not linear, and though well-intentioned, it is difficult for those around us to fully understand our unique response.
Why therapy can be essential to dealing with grief
Therapy helps to normalize and validate your experience in a way that allows you to acknowledge the range and depth of emotions you may be experiencing, including lack thereof. Suppressing grief is a short-term solution that can be especially dangerous when it surfaces unexpectedly. You may even be unaware of how unresolved grief is affecting you and having a negative impact on your life.
My primary goal is to provide you with a safe space for you to process and work through whatever you are feeling—whether it be shame, anger, guilt, or sadness—at a pace you are absolutely comfortable with. Once we understand the grief, we can find ways to honor it and take steps toward true healing.