Coping with Grief and Loss
In our hearts, we all know that death is a part of life. However, many of us have a natural tendency to ignore that inevitable truth, which makes the death of a loved one so heartbreaking and traumatic.
The loss of a loved one can trigger a major emotional crisis for many people. As one of the most stressful events a human can endure, the human mind and heart experiences an intense range of emotions, from an initial numbness to a deep grieving process. When someone you love passes away, you may begin to experience something called “bereavement”, meaning “to be deprived by death”. It is a difficult situation even for those who are expecting the death, and it can feel incredibly overwhelming.
Common emotions that occur after the loss of a loved one typically take a similar path: They begin with denial and disbelief. Many people cannot control but to initially deny the reality of the situation. “This isn’t happening. This can’t be happening” are common statements. This is a defense mechanism that your brain uses to buffer against the immediate shock of the death. The emotions that follow are shock and confusion. Next, some people tend to isolate themselves by psychologically and physical distancing themselves from desired or needed relationships. Sometimes the person becomes despondent about communicating with others or receiving emotional support. Once reality and pain emerge, the intense emotions and vulnerability we are feeling is expressed as anger, at which point many people are potential targets of anger: the doctor who was unable to cure the sickness, the person who was driving the car that got into an accident, etc. At this point a bargaining stage may begin, in which the person begins questioning what they could have done to change the situation, such as “If only we got a second opinion from another doctor…” this stage is accompanied with a guilty sense of contributing to the loss. Other emotions that emerge throughout this process tend to be yearning, humiliation, and depression.
These intense emotions can seem debilitating to a person in the grieving process. Fortunately, there are things you can do to address the situation effectively, including seeking out caring people, expressing your feelings, taking care of your health, giving yourself time for adjustment, and seeking outside help from professionals at Counseling of Southwest Florida. We offer grief and loss therapy in Naples, Florida to help those in the grieving process of the loss of a loved one. We understand mourning is a very natural process, which is why we don’t try to ignore the situation. Instead, we help you to express your grief in a healthy physical, emotional, and psychological way.
Whether you’re coping with the loss of a child, a spouse, a parent, a friend or family member, or suffering a loss due to suicide, our team of counselors and therapists have the experience, education, and compassion to walk you through the process, and help you cope effectively.
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