Grief & Loss
Grief is a strong and overwhelming feeling of sadness that affects the way you feel, think and interact with those around you. It is a natural response after a loss, that we must experience at some point in our lives. Some examples of grief may be the loss of someone you love or the breakdown of a relationship, or even something you care about, such as a job. We all experience grief differently and there is no right or wrong way of expressing it.
Grief can occur due to:
• A relationship breakdown
• Loss of a loved one
• Loss of a pet
• Losing a job
• Being separated from family and friends
• Loss of independence through disability
What are the signs of Grief?
Adjusting and learning to live without that person, thing or way of life, can take time. Some people take weeks to grieve, other needs months or even years. We all recover from loss differently, but it is important to talk about our grief in order to work through it. Don’t try to hold it in or ignore it, ask for help from friends or family, or a health care professional.
You may be experiencing grief if you’re:
• Feeling sad or down
• Crying frequently
• In shock, denial or feeling numb
• Feeling stressed, anxious, confused or exhausted
• Feeling lonely, isolated, or withdrawn
• Not enjoying your usual activities and hobbies
Recovering from Grief
Grief takes time, and seeking the right support is the first stage of recovery. Sharing your loss with others can make the burden easier to carry. If you’re experiencing symptoms of grief speaking to a bereavement counsellor can help you get through the difficult time. By encouraging you to express your feelings of loss, and assuring you that over time the sadness will pass, you can begin to heal.
To enquire about professional bereavement counselling by qualified counsellors and psychologists, call Associated Counsellors and Psychologists Sydney on (02) 8094 1799.