Grief & Loss
Grief is a natural, healthy response to loss. Grieving after a death or other loss is unique and can look and feel different for each person. Grief may occur in response to the death of a spouse, parent, child, friend, or other loved one, after a miscarriage or abortion, after the loss of a job, relationship or other significant life role.
There is no right way to grieve and no standardized outcome for what life should look and feel like when grieving is “done.” In fact, processing the loss of significant people and roles in our lives is often a place that we visit and revisit over time, as life circumstances change and other losses occur.
Counseling can help you through your grief by creating a space where you can talk about the losses you’ve suffered without judgment or pressure to “move on.” Whether the loss occurred yesterday or many years ago, counseling can help you to process emotions that often accompany loss, such as sadness, guilt, anger, fear, numbness and hopelessness.
Grieving can affect your identity and family relationships, and counseling can help you to develop healthy coping skills so that you can function well in daily life. Counseling can also help you to adjust to life on new terms and support you in connecting with other resources to address legal, financial and other practical tasks that may need attention.
My professional training in grief and loss, along with my personal experiences with significant losses and work as a hospice volunteer, inform my interactions with grieving clients. I understand that grief is a process, one we learn to walk through with support and time. I tailor grief counseling to the needs of each client and to the particular losses they are coping with.