Grief and loss are complicated processes – each individual has a unique experience and reaction to their loss. Some people may throw themselves into projects and tasks, avoiding painful feelings associated with bereavement. Others experience feelings intensely and may have trouble moving through their emotions. Acute grief is a normal response to a loss; however, if you are feeling overwhelmed or difficult emotions continue to persist, it may be time to talk to a mental health professional experienced in bereavement therapy.
Symptoms of complicated grief include:
- Intense sadness
- Feeling withdrawn, disinterested, or hopeless
- Preoccupation with the deceased or circumstances involving the loss
- Avoiding reminders of the deceased
Grief counseling can provide you with resources to cope with your losses, including maintaining healthy connections with the deceased, relaxation and stress management techniques, and group therapy to help share your loss with others. Healing, hope, and acceptance will help you adapt to a new life.