Coping With Grief

Grief is our response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something to which there is a deep bond or attachment. Coping with grief effects people emotionally and physically, and can impact each individual consciously or unconsciously. The grieving process can begin with denial, followed by feelings of anger, guilt, vulnerability, uncontrollable crying, emptiness and depression. In the acceptance phase, when an individual comes to terms with their loss, at their own pace, mental changes occur that will allow feelings of attachment again.

Help with the Grieving Process

At any stage during the mourning process an individual can seek grief help or bereavement counselling. Nobody should have to deal with grief and bereavement on their own. Bereavement therapy helps the person come to terms with the loss, which includes encouraging the person to talk about the deceased, distinguishing grief from trauma, dealing with any guilt associated to the loss, and discovering the most appropriate way for them to heal. A therapist who has experience with grief can help the person coping with loss to properly experience the stages of grief at their own pace and in their own way. This kind of psychotherapy can help restore an individual’s quality of life and prevent any kind of psychological problems associated with the loss from forming.

PRS offers therapy for grief and bereavement for people seeking help in or around Toronto. Counselling for grief or loss typically includes psychotherapy where your individual experience predicates the approach. You may be experiencing the loss of a person close to you, or the loss of an identity, relationship, sense of purpose, job, or home. There is no single treatment for grief and bereavement that is guaranteed to work on everyone, so let PRS help you find a method that helps you recover.

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