Grief Counselling Gold Coast
Grief can feel debilitating and all consuming, which is completely natural when you have suffered a loss. Grief is a broad term describing the reaction of loss, through your feelings, thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical effects. Grief can come about from many significant losses, most commonly known from the loss of a loved one through death. When you are suffering a bereavement, the mourning and grief process can feel lonely, confusing and extremely painful, with a sadness that doesn’t have any specific time limit. This can be further complicated by the circumstances surrounding a death and your relationship to your loved one.
Grief can also be felt through other significant losses in other areas of life; such as loss of a relationship, separation or divorce, miscarriage, children leaving home, moving, disaster, losing your job or career, health and disability, loss of property and other important losses in your life.
Grief is very personal and everyone experiences and handles grief in different ways. It is highly individual, which can also add to stresses in your own grief, when others around you don’t always seem in tune with your feelings and heartbreak. No person will experience grief in the same way.
Feelings of grief and loss may include:
- Extreme sadness and sorrow
- Emptiness and emotional pain
- Yearning and intense pining
- Anger and frustration
- Sensitivity and irritability
- Anxiety and panic
- Guilt, remorse or blame
- Disbelief or denial
- Preoccupation of thoughts
- Substance abuse
- Physical symptoms of under or over eating, fatigue, lack of sleep
It is normal for everyone to have different reactions. Loss isn’t something you need to ‘get over’. It’s about finding a different way to live, there is no right or wrong way, just your way.
Your self-care and the care of those around you is extremely important. Finding out ways to cope with your grief and getting extra support personalised just for you, or other loved ones, can be helpful through this very difficult time.