Therapy for Grief and Loss
The death of a close friend or family member is a devastating blow. The experience can shock you to your core - causing intense pain that doesn’t seem to end. You may wonder if you can ever feel normal again.
The suffering may be so overwhelming at times that it is difficult to function in the world. If you have experienced a loss and are having severe emotional and physical symptoms, realize this can be a normal part of the process of losing someone dear to you. You are not going crazy!
It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate her, and a day to love her, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget her.
Have you lost a family member or a dear friend? Do you try to pretend everything's okay when truly you're barely holding it together? Do you tell people you are coping well with the loss, when really your heart is breaking or you are totally traumatized?
The first step is to allow yourself to acknowledge your feelings. You don't have to keep pretending that everything is fine, when you are hurting inside. Our fast-paced society often expects people to just "get over" a loss when in reality we never do that. However, with the right therapeutic support, you can begin to manage your pain and regain joy in your life.
- Replay the good memories of your friend. Keep her spirit and love alive inside of you.
It is often helpful to talk about your experiences with a professional outside of your regular circle of friends and family.
Tips for Healing
Healing is a very individual process. There is no set timeframe, but people can begin to regain some sense of normalcy after six months to a year.