In addition to a death, there are many major life events that promote feelings of grief; i.e., denial; anger; sadness; guilt; or shame. A few examples include:
- Decline in health (yours or a loved one’s)
- Retirement /unemployment
- Children leaving home
- Death or loss of a pet
- Separation of a significant relationship
Unlike a death, these life-changing events, called symbolic losses, are not often given the degree of acknowledgement and support needed to process the related feelings of grief. When we are not able to reflect on our changing circumstances, find connection between change and our grief we place ourselves at risk for anxiety and depression; both of which reduce the quality of one’s life.
If you have recently been through a major life event and are experiencing the following types of changes in your behavior, there is a high likelihood you are suffering from grief:
- Changes in typical disposition
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Increased illnesses
- Increased absenteeism from work
- Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
Get support so you can feel better. I am here to provide counseling to individuals and, when appropriate, to multiple family members in processing grief triggered by symbolic loss and in finding acceptance of the changed circumstances.
Grieving is a uniquely personal experience. There are no common social ceremonies intended to ease the pain of symbolic loss. I work with my clients to tailor a grieving process that helps them move toward closure and in becoming open to their newly emerging life.
My approach integrates multiple strategies based on a solid knowledge of the techniques that are most effective, and is delivered in a safe environment of empathetic and non-judgemental listening.
I would be happy to talk with you to see how I can best help you through your grief. Go to my Contact page to set up a 20 minute complimentary consultation.