sad woman stands in field with hair hiding her face and needing a grief counseling programGrief is a powerful emotion and is closely associated with other intense feelings, including anger and sadness. Most commonly, people seek a grief counseling program after the death of a loved one. But it can also be helpful after experiencing any kind of loss, such as loss of a relationship or job. Many people in a substance abuse treatment program go through a grieving process as they give up drugs, alcohol or addictive behaviors as their primary coping mechanism.

When to Seek a Grief Counseling Program

Grief may be powerful, but it is also normal. Many people grieve the losses in their lives without experiencing major disruptions in their routine. But when overwhelming or prolonged grief impairs a person’s ability to care for themselves or function in day-to-day life, grief counseling can be helpful.

Common Feelings Associated With Grief

There are five well-known stages of grief:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

Understanding these stages can be helpful. But it’s also important to realize grief is complex and everyone experiences it differently. Feelings such as intense sadness, loneliness, longing, dejection, and emptiness are common. When you are grieving, you may avoid anything that reminds you of what you lost. Also, you may have a hard time thinking about happy memories without feeling overwhelming sadness. If the sadness persists, you may also need inpatient depression treatment.

Grief looks different to everyone. So if you are less emotional than expected or feel surprisingly bitter, angry or resentful, it is your own way of grieving.

What to Expect During Grief Counseling

During grief counseling, your therapist in your individual therapy program will get to know you, your history of loss, and your current struggles. Your therapist will help you find hope and meaning in life, even if you have to do things a little differently after experiencing a loss. Through counseling, learn how to hold on to important connections and bonds through reflection, meditation, memories or starting new traditions.

If you or someone you love could benefit from grief counseling, call us today at 844.875.5609 to get started.