“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”
GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING
TYPES OF GRIEF AND LOSS
Most people experience grief when they lose someone important to them. Whether this is a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a pet, the experience can feel devastating. As well as bereavement, many people feel a sense of loss if a relationship comes to an end, or if they lose their job or their home. Grief is a natural process but it can be overwhelming, and there are times when it is difficult to cope with it alone. This is where grief or bereavement counselling may help.
Common symptoms of grief include low mood, depression, difficulty sleeping, shock, numbness, anger, tiredness, sadness, guilt, fear, loss or increase of appetite, loss of identity, and not being able to function in your everyday life. It is something that is different for everyone. No two people experience grief in exactly the same way.
Having gone through difficult periods of grief and bereavement, I recognise how it can impact on every area of your life. I don’t believe in putting a deadline on grief, or in the idea of moving through stages. I also don’t care for the phrase ‘moving on’. There are people we lose in life who we will probably grieve for until we die. However, it is possible to build a bigger life around the grief so that it no longer feels overwhelming and all consuming.
If you would like to book a bereavement counselling session, phone Jenny on 07398 651 333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer a free 20-minute telephone consultation to talk through your requirements and see if we can work together.
The following books have provided comfort to me.
This I Know: Notes on Unravelling the Heart, Susannah Conway
The Iceberg: A Memoir, Marion Coutts
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Undying, Michel Faber
After You’d Gone, Maggie O’Farrell
Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
Grief is The Thing With Feathers, Max Porter
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too): A Memoir, Nora McInerny Purmort
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
The Ship, Bishop Brent
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
Four Years, Pamela Gillilan
Remember, Christina Rossetti
Surprised by Joy, William Wordsworth