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Grief: Is it normal?

Are you feeling as though life has fallen apart following a death or loss? Maybe you feel numb, a lack motivation or perhaps can't stop crying? Grief is not one single emotion- it is a changing set of feelings, experiences, and behaviors following a loss. Grieving may include crying, feeling, numb, changes in sleep or appetite, less motivation, and even feelings like anger. While grief is normal and expected following a death or loss it can be overwhelming. 

Sometimes grief does not resolve in a healthy or expected way. The following are signs of complicated or prolonged grief:

  • Intense emotional pain even long after the loss

  • Unable to think of anything but the loss

  • Avoiding reminders of the loss or loved one

  • Prolonged disbelief or inability to accept the loss

  • Difficulty getting back to other responsibilities or relationships

  • Feeling as though life is now meaningless

  • Inability to find joy

Using a warm and compassionate blend of therapeutic techniques, I can support you on your grief journey. 

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Disenfranchised Grief

Not all grief is the result of a death. Disenfranchised grief is feelings of grief and loss that are not necessarily recognized. Without this recognition people often suffer alone or in silence. Some may not even realize themselves that what they are experiencing is grief.

There are many forms of loss besides death including:

  • Divorce

  • Miscarriage

  • Infertility

  • Major Illness (yourself or a loved one)

  • Job Loss

  • Retirement

  • Moving

"You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair."
-Chinese proverb


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