Grief is a natural emotional response to losing someone or something you love or care deeply about, often leaving you to feel like the pain is unbearable and will never go away. Medlock Bridge Counseling Center can help you identify healthy ways to cope with grief and to move forward while also honoring and acknowledging the significance of the loss.
No Right Way or Wrong Way to Grieve
As individuals, we respond to loss in different ways. Your personality, your age/life experience, your faith and a host of other factors affects how you cope with loss. Even the nature of the loss itself plays a role. There is no preset schedule for grieving; healing takes time. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months, for others it takes years. Don’t rush things — seek help, be patient with yourself and allow the process to unfold at a natural pace.
Common Causes of Grief
- Death of a loved one
- Death of a cherished pet
- Divorce or relationship breakup
- Serious health challenges (self or loved one)
- Significant life changes (Losing a job/financial stability, retirement, moving/selling family home)
Coping with Grief
Don’t grieve alone; having the support of others is perhaps the single most important factor in helping you heal from loss. It’s important to express your feelings to caring individuals when you’re grieving, even if you aren’t usually comfortable doing that.