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Grief Counseling

Grief counseling involves counseling individuals with various kinds of grief. It is a well-known fact that the loss of a loved one is a devastating event involving many emotions for the grieving person. Unless the bereaved can come to terms with the feelings of the loss, they will never be able to move on with their life and find closure. Grief counseling is the assistance many people need to process that death.

Grief counselors are trained to work with those who are struggling with their grief process. They may be psychiatric nurses, clergy, psychiatrists, physicians assistants (PAs,) social workers, or psychologists.


The Stages of Grief

In the 1960s, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross wrote a book that divided the grief process into five stages after working with the terminally ill and made observations about what she saw. The stages are:

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

Grief is a complex process, and understanding that it involves various emotions is an essential part of moving on.


What are the behaviors of grief?

It is common to have outbursts of crying and sadness after death, but you may also experience attacks of laughter along with:

  • Social Withdrawal
  • Engaging in Ritualistic Behavior
  • Becoming Emotionally Flat or Highly Emotional
    • Obsessively Cleaning and/or Organizing
    • Eating less or Eating More than Usual
    • Becoming Absent-Minded or Forgetful
    • Experiencing Sleep Disturbance
    • Seeking Comfort in Drugs or Alcohol


Types of Grief Counseling

There are various types of grief counseling available such as bereavement groups or individualized psychotherapy sessions. Each group has a different dynamic, but the sessions may include:

  • Meditative or Relaxation Techniques
  • Discussion and Sharing
  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Training
  • Hypnosis; for particularly traumatic situations

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