The loss of a loved one is difficult and can trigger a dip in your mental health. There is no right or wrong way to experience loss or to grieve. Although the loss of a loved one is perhaps the most obvious example of bereavement we all suffer many types of loss in our lifetime:
- We may experience the loss of a partner through marital breakdown
- We may have to deal with pre-grief when we or someone close to us receives a diagnosis of terminal or life-changing illness
- Being abandoned by a parent
- A miscarriage or stillbirth
- The loss of a pet
- Job redundancy
- When a close family member suffers from dementia and we grieve the loss of the person we once knew
- New or chronic illness or disability
All of the above can bring about feelings of grief such as:
- Shock and numbness
- Tiredness/ exhaustion
This can be further complicated by a lack of understanding of these feelings from those around us. Experiencing a miscarriage or the breakdown of a marriage may not be met with the same level of understanding and sympathy as, say, a loved one dying.
Grief is a process that affects us physically, emotionally and mentally. The loss may be very recent or it may have been with us for many years, even from childhood. I help people to come to terms with their grief and loss by allowing them the freedom to fully express the extent of their loss. Very often when someone has experienced a loss they may try to put on a “brave face” to spare the feelings of those around them. By having the opportunity to talk openly and freely you can find a way forward in your life.