UNDERSTANDING & ACCEPTING
COUNSELLING FOR GRIEF/LOSS IN OTTAWA
Unfortunately, everyone will experience loss at some point in their life – it's inevitable and unfortunately inescapable. Grief is the natural reaction to any form of loss, and whether the loss is a pet, a friend, a family member, or another life circumstance, it often hits us harder than we expect.
When grieving, you can experience a whole host of emotions from deep sadness to abnormal anger, and sometimes even guilt. With every circumstance of loss, the significance of the relationship and the personality of the griever will strongly influence what kind of emotions you will go through. If left untreated and unresolved, the pain of grief can begin to affect your physical health, making it hard to eat, sleep, or even think straight.
At Unique Peace Counselling, we are here to offer caring and constructive therapy to help you understand your emotions, cope with your feelings, and help you be at peace with what has transpired. The subject of death or loss involves a difficult conversation, but it is a natural part of life that we must all face at some point. If you are experiencing grief from a recent loss, let us help you through it, you don’t have to endure the pain alone.
ADDRESSING YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
OTHER CONDITIONS & ISSUES THAT WE TREAT
THE PROCESS OF HEALING OVER TIME
FEELINGS & EMOTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH GRIEVING
In order to comprehend what you're experiencing, you should familiarize yourself with the common emotions and feelings that people exhibit when grieving. Understanding the different dimensions of grief can provide enlightenment in knowing that it is perfectly normal to feel the way that you do. It is important to note that not everybody goes through the exact same experience, but there are similarities in reactions that many people share in response to a loss.
Anger – You might find yourself abnormally angry and can direct that anger outwardly at other people or even yourself.
Depression – You can experience some overwhelming feelings of deep sadness. People often want to isolate themselves and push others away.
Denial – It’s natural to be in denial following a loss. It helps protect you from overwhelming emotions in response to what has happened.
Whatever your grieving process, we are here to help you through it. Each and every one of these emotions is perfectly normal to experience and you are not alone in your struggle. At Unique Peace Counselling, we have the expertise to help you learn to manage and cope with your grief – to help you move on with your life. If you or someone you know has suffered through a significant loss in their life, contact us today to get the help you need.
GRIEF HAS NO BOUNDARIES
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FEELINGS OF UNEXPECTED GRIEF?
Although you may have never met them, grief is not just limited to family and friends. The sudden or even expected death of a statesperson, musician, politician or actor may cause you to experience unexpected feelings of deep grief or loss. While you may feel a bit guilty for feeling extreme emotions for someone you’ve never met, this is completely natural.
In our ever-connected world, it’s easier than ever to have that favourite actor or musician in your life, and when that person unexpectedly passes away: the loss you feel may be equivalent to losing a loved one. You may feel upset you didn’t support them enough or see enough programs with them in it. You may want to watch their last performance or listen to something they created. All of these emotions and actions are completely natural during the grieving process. The circumstances of how you know someone who is gone do not matter when it comes to grief.
No matter who you may be experiencing grief for, Unique Peace Counselling’s experienced staff are here to listen and help you through the grieving process and better understand your emotions. No matter who you’ve lost or what level of grief you may be experiencing, we can help you move forward with your life. If you or someone you know is experiencing grief or recently lost a loved one, our team can help guide them through these turbulent waters of grief. Contact us to book an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Grief is a strong and often overwhelming emotion that we express when dealing with a loss. The grieving process has similarities between different people but each person’s experience will be unique to them. If internalized and not properly dealt with, grief can begin to impact your everyday life – it’s important to seek help.
Unfortunately, there is no universal answer. Every grieving process is unique and is a reflection of one’s personality, their ability to cope, and the significance of their loss. The sooner you come to terms with what happened and begin to understand what you’re feeling, the sooner you can cope with the feelings of grief. Therapy can help a tremendous amount following a significant loss.
It’s important to note that not everybody has the same coping process, but there are similarities in the stages that people experience in response to a loss. The 5 stages of grief model summarize the grieving process in five main stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
More often than not, grief is described as “like a dream”. A significant loss is something that is difficult to come to terms with and can often result in feeling of shock, numbness, and disbelief.
Coping with grief is imperative for your mental well-being. It is a difficult thing to come to terms with, but there are ways to help cope with your pain:
- Express your feelings, do not supress them
- Be patient
- Seek professional help
- Postpone major life events
- Take care of your physical health
- Lean on your friends and family for support
Grief can bring on a variety of adverse physical symptoms. The feelings of stress increase inflammation and can cause headaches, stiffness, and joint pain. Prolonged grief can also diminish the effectiveness of your immune system and increase your blood pressure. Just as it is important to take care of your mental health following a significant loss, you also need to take care of your physical health as well.