Receiving proper therapy during your grieving process is essential to healing.
What is bereavement counseling?
Bereavement counseling is designed to help people cope more effectively with the death of a loved one. Specifically, bereavement counseling can:
offer an understanding of the mourning process
explore areas that could potentially prevent you from moving on
help resolve areas of conflict still remaining
help you to adjust to a new sense of self
address possible issues of depression or suicidal thoughts
You will probably never stop missing the person you lost, but with enough time and the right support, a new life can be pieced together and purpose can be reclaimed.
Bereavement counseling aims to get you to the point where you can function normally - however long it takes. One day, you may be able to find happiness again. By creating a place to keep the person you lost, and finding ways to remember them (like anniversary celebrations, or leaving flowers at a memorial site), you should be able to preserve their memory and honor the impact they had on your life, without letting their absence obscure your own future. With time, pain does settle.
"We should embrace traditional, as well as new, alternative forms of therapy in order to heal our mind, body, and spirit. Look for a therapist who has experience in bereavement, grief, loss, and trauma. It's true what they say: A problem shared is a problem halved. Don't isolate yourself: reach out to others. Always remember that things will get better, and the best is yet to come!"
- Dawn Jiosi
The following websites can hopefully help you find the right therapist for you*:
*A New Dawn has no personal or professional connection to any of these sites or the doctors they recommend.