Grief and Bereavement Counselling

What is grief?

When someone close to us dies the pain that we feel is grief which is a natural, but often difficult emotion.  Grief can feel overwhelming and, as we are all unique, we will all experience it in different ways.  We may find ourselves behaving or feeling differently than we usually would – this is all normal. It is also a time when we need to allow ourselves the time and space to mourn the loss in our own way.

The work of grief

Doing the work of grief can be difficult and exhausting.  Although difficult it is important that we work through the stages of grief at our own pace and don’t try to avoid it, pretend we are OK or push our grief aside. Doing so could impact upon our mental health, perhaps causing anxiety, depression or other psychological or even physical problems.

The work of grief however doesn’t have to be done alone – it is very important to have the right support around you and this could be family or close friends.  However sometimes we need a little more help, perhaps you don’t have access to the right people, or you may not want to feel a burden to others who are also grieving.  Or perhaps it is hard to find someone who you can really open up to.  That could be the time when counselling support could help.

Counselling

This is where you can talk in confidence and be really heard, without judgement or opinion, just having someone who will be with you and understand how you are feeling.  Talking to a counsellor may help you work through those difficult feelings and emotions that need to be expressed and accepted as part of the natural process of grief.

We know that coming to counselling can be difficult and the thought of sharing personal thoughts and feelings with a total stranger can feel a little daunting.  That is why we have a very gentle approach where you set the pace and share only what you want to and when you feel ready to.  Some people give it a try and find it’s not for them – that’s OK too – the important thing is that you find the right type of support that will help you do the work of grief.

Free Support

If you would like to find out more and would like to consider counselling please get in touch.  Sometimes making the first move is hard, but it is an important step towards helping and being kind to yourself at a time when perhaps a little extra support is needed.

Contact us here: https://copingwithcancer.org.uk/contact-us/