Grief, Loss and

Are you experiencing sadness due to a significant change or loss in your life?  Do you have a hard time concentrating?  Have you tried to lose yourself into a job, hobbies, sports, drinking, eating, or caring for children?  Do you feel lonely even when you are with others?  Does your heart feel broken?  Do you feel that your life has lost its meaning?  Are you uncertain about your future?  Are you angry with God?

Everyone experiences grief, loss, and transition in their life and every person goes through it in their own way and in their own time.

What is grief and loss?


When there is loss of a love one, relationship, pet, job, pregnancy, career, health or way of life. Because all relationships are unique, grief is the natural and normal response to it. Grief is described as the conflicting feelings caused by a loss or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.  Other experiences of loss may be due to children leaving home, infertility and separation from family and/or friends. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be.


Grief is expressed in many ways and it can affect every part of your life; your emotions, thoughts and actions, faith, physical health, your sense of self and identity, and your relationships with others. Grief can leave you feeling sad, angry, anxious, numb shocked, regretful, relieved, overwhelmed, isolated, irritable or depressed.


Grief has no set pattern or timeframe. Some people may grieve for weeks and months, while others may describe their grief lasting for years. Unresolved grief can have a lifelong effect on your happiness.

Through the process of grief therapy, however, you begin to create new experiences and habits that work around your loss.


Grief Counseling can help!

Learn skills to:

  • Identify simple activities that give relief

  • Learn from your loss

  • Identify unfinished business

  • Get closure

  • Move to a “new normal” honoring your loss




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