Grief & Loss

Grief & Loss

“Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on your capacity for happiness. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. Therefore, the feelings you are having are also normal and natural for you…it is also the most neglected and misunderstood experience, often by both the grievers and those around them.”

- ‘The Grief Recovery Handbook – The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses’
John W. James & Russell Friedman

If you have recently experienced the death of a loved one, you may be noticing a set of conflicting emotions such as relief and pain emerging. Relief can be experienced when you have witnessed the long suffering from an illness of a loved one. And pain when you realise you can no longer see, touch and/or have a conversation with your loved one.

The research has identified five stages to the grief process. These include: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Not everyone will experience every stage, nor in any particular order. What is helpful with this model is that it can provide context and hope to you and signal that your emotional experience and suffering is indeed normal.

We recognise that incomplete recovery from grief can have a dire lifelong consequence of inhibiting the capacity of happiness. We also understand that every individual have their own way of grieving. In this way it is important that people’s behaviour, needs and wants at this time are not judged.

We respect and are sensitive to your unique needs when it comes to processing your grief. We engage with you in a way that we witness your experience of your loss to assist you to identify your needs and wants in relation to your journey recovering from grief.

Some other forms of grief can also include: loss of identity; loss of physical capacity; loss of the perceived ideal of childhood; loss of being able to provide financially for your family; separation and/or divorce, just to name a few.

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