Professional grief and bereavement counselling can help us come to terms with dealing with any loss in our lives.
Barrenjoey Psychology has a team of caring and compassionate psychologists who can provide you with a safe haven for grief and bereavement counselling. Loss and grief is something we all experience st some stage of our lives. It may be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, relationship breakdown or loss of ability or health. We all deal with grief differently and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. How we process our feelings is dependent on many personal factors. This includes who or what it is we have lost, personality, cultural factors, spiritual beliefs and the range of support we have around us.
Typical reactions to grief:
- Feelings of sadness, frequent crying
- Shock, denial, disbelief and ‘numbness’
- Feelings of anxiety, stress, exhaustion and confusion
- Anger, shame, guilt and sometimes relief
- Feeling lost, lonely and isolated
- Physical health problems may occur, sleeping or eating may become an issue
- Struggling with decision making, making mistakes at work or at school
- Changes in behavior, not feeling yourself or acting differently from your usual self
- Not enjoying your usual activities or hobbies
- Challenges in personal relationships, loved ones may be dealing differently with the loss
- An increase in the use of alcohol, smoking or drugs
- Feelings of hopelessness, not wanting to go on with life, thoughts of self-harm or suicide
Coping with Grief
It is important to acknowledge your feelings and not bottle up your emotions. Grief and bereavement counselling with our psychologists on the northern beaches can support people who are coping with grief. Sharing your feelings will enable you to process your loss and our minds do need to process grief in many different ways. Working with your psychologist at Barrenjoey Psychology you will find strategies for dealing with your emotions. These might include relaxation techniques, engaging in positive activities and learning to challenge negative thoughts which may lead to depression and anxiety.
Look after yourself – grief can be physically and emotionally detrimental to your well being. Try to eat well, get adequate sleep and maintain some physical exercise. Avoid using drugs and alcohol as they can numb your feelings and slow down the healing process.
Give yourself time – losing someone or something important impacts your life and it can take time to get back to some sort of normality. There is no set time for this to happen and we often forget this in our western culture. Try not to put pressure on yourself or others “to move on” or “get over it”. Avoid making important decisions until you can think more clearly.
The psychologists at Barrenjoey Psychology on the northern beaches are all professionally trained grief and bereavement counsellors. People we see find it very helpful to talk through their feelings. Often they find it is important to talk with someone who is not a friend or member of the family. They often discuss afterwards they felt accepted and understood at this time. Grief can be processed quicker and less painfully when we share this with a professional.
If you are in crisis or require urgent care please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or call 000 for an ambulance.