Grief Counselling

Grief Counselling

Through Grief Counselling, You begin to understand the stages of grief and allow yourself the time, grace, and strength to get through each one.

Grief is a common response to any form of loss. Though less typically discussed, grief can also be experienced following any life changes. Grieving often involves emotional suffering from intense sadness, numbness, anger, guilt and disbelief. The pain of grief may also affect our physical health, disrupting our eating and sleeping patterns and the way we think and behave.

Change and loss is an inevitable part of life. All of us experience our own forms of change and loss in life, and we grieve from them in our own ways – even when we do not realise it.

Sources of grief can range from major to subtle changes or losses which include: the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, deteriorating health, the loss of a job or retirement, or even the loss of opportunities.

Five Stages of Grief

1. Denial

– “This cannot be happening to me.”

2. Anger

– “Why is this happening to me? Who do I blame?”

3. Bargaining

– “If only I ____.” or “What if _____?”

4. Depression

– “I am too sad to do anything.”

5. Acceptance

– “I am at peace with what happened.”

Individuals may experience these stages differently, and not everyone has to go through each of these 5 stages sequentially to heal. 

Grief is a highly personal experience. The grieving process and experience may vary based on age, gender, religious and cultural beliefs, past experiences, personality and coping styles, and significance of the change or loss.

Symptoms of Grief

While grief affects people in different ways, many of us may experience similar emotional and physical symptoms of grief. 

Some of these emotional symptoms include:

  • Shock and Disbelief

Feeling numb, Difficulty believing and accepting the loss or change, Denying the truth

  • Sadness

Feelings of Emptiness, Despair, Yearning and loneliness, Frequent crying

  • Guilt

Feelings of regret over things that were or were not said and done

  • Fear

Feeling worried, Anxious, Helpless and insecure about the future

  • Anger

Feeling angry at yourself or others, Finding the need to blame

Physical Symptoms of Grief

  1. Fatigue
  2. Nausea
  3. Lowered immunity
  4. Weight loss or weight gain
  5. Aches and pain
  6. Insomnia

Types of Grief

While grieving is a normal process that everybody experiences in life, there are many different types of grief. These different types of grief stem from varying causes and may affect individuals in different ways. Some common types of grief include:

  • Anticipatory Grief

where individuals experience grief before the change or loss, rather than after and often involves feelings of anger and hopelessness

  • Complicated Grief

where individuals experience unacceptance and pain from change or less that seems endless and prevents the resumption of daily activities

  • Disenfranchised Grief

where individuals experience grief that is devalued and stigmatised which makes it more difficult to heal and recover

How Grief Counselling Works

Grief counselling is important for individuals who face difficulty managing and feel overcome by the change or loss experienced. Grief counselling offers professional therapy that is designed to help individuals work through the different stages and emotions after a change or loss. It is important for individuals who are grieving to have a platform to process and heal from the experience. Grief counselling provides individuals with an outlet to talk about their experience, and this can make their burden of grief much easier to carry.

At Incontact, our counsellors have experience helping clients cope with various different types of grief. Communicating your thoughts and feelings with our trusted therapists – through verbal or non-verbal means – will be able to greatly lighten the weight on your chest. By teaching you healthy strategies to manage and cope with your loss, grief counselling can slowly help you heal and get back on your feet.

There is no right or wrong way to grief. All of us experience and deal with grief differently. Sometimes, grief may get too overwhelming for us to perform daily activities and can take a significant toll on our mental health. At Incontact, our therapists alter their counselling strategies based on your unique experiences to ensure that your needs are met, and that you achieve the best outcomes from grief counselling. Grief counselling offers you the extra support that we all need in order to grieve healthily and slowly learn to live with our loss.

If you or your loved one is struggling to cope with grief, contact our mental health professionals who can help. Book an appointment with us for either an online or face-to-face counselling session. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: There are a few symptoms that tell us that we are struggling. If you or someone you know is experiencing many of the symptoms listed below, consult a mental health professional as soon as you can. Book an appointment with us for either an online or in-person counselling session. These symptoms may include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness in life
  • Loss of interest in activities (even those that were once pleasurable)
  • Increased fatigue
  • Changes in sleep patterns including insomnia and hypersomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling irritable
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Uncontrollable emotions
  • Having suicidal thoughts and ideations

Answer: If you feel like you are having difficulty coping with grief from any change or loss in life, grief counselling will be especially beneficial for you. During grief counselling at Incontact, our therapists will provide you with a safe and non-judgemental space for you to let out all of your thoughts and emotions. This is crucial in allowing yourself to process your loss and the reality of it, and very slowly heal from it. Grief counselling also teaches you healthy coping mechanisms that can help you manage your loss or even reminders of them.

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