Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Wikipedia's definition of grief is as follows:
"Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, spiritual and philosophical dimensions."
Grief can be so overwhelming. It's an equalizer in life because no matter who we are, what we do, or how much we have in life, grief eventually reaches us all. It has the potential to make us feel closed off and hopeless. Some people feel nothing or numb in response to loss. Others may have emotional outpourings they have difficulty controlling. Grief affects all of us differently and can even manifest itself differently in the same person depending on the situation.
Will seeing a therapist for grief take the pain away? Probably not. Can talking with another person about the person or thing you lost help move you in a more positive direction? Very probably. Our brains are wired to make us sociable creatures, to rely on one another going back as far as our hunter-gatherer days. Unfortunately, today's tech-driven society seems to push us to become more and more closed off, further complicating our ability to deal with grief. If you find yourself struggling with grief, please give me a call or send me an email so we can work together to get through difficult times.
Read on for reasons that you may want to see a counselor while dealing with grief: