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What is grief?
To experience loss is to know what it means to be human
While grief most commonly follows a major life event, like a death, divorce, major financial loss, or miscarriage, it also can come as a result of smaller, less life-altering losses.
Additionally, there are ambiguous losses which may be less obvious to others, but can still cause powerful grief reactions. Ambiguous loss can refer to the loss of an individual who is still physically present but psychologically absent. This is often experienced by family members of individuals who suffer from dementia, addiction, chronic mental illness, or traumatic brain injury.
This type of ambiguous loss may also happen when one is still emotionally present but physically absent, for example when there is no formal closure, as in the case of a missing person, the loss of an affair or hidden relationship.
Regardless of the cause, grieving may take on various forms and can appear differently depending on the individual. Sometimes, individuals, couples, or families can benefit from extra support to work through the complex feelings associated with their loss as each person experiences it in their own unique way. There are also physical, emotional, social, and spiritual responses to loss that will vary from person to person.
What you might be experiencing
Grief is not something that you ever fully move forward from unchanged. You can, however, lessen the intensity of the pain and have the loss not come to dominate your daily living. For some people, the normal grieving process does not resolve on its own, leading to what’s known as complicated grief. This type of grief refers to a persistent form of grieving or bereavement, lasting for one year or more.
When symptoms persist without improvement for an extended time period, they may qualify as complicated grief. Complicated grief may also interfere with your life and daily functioning.
Some symptoms of complicated grief include
- Intense and or unrelenting emotional pain and sadness
- Preoccupation with the loss
- Feelings of hopelessness or emptiness
- Avoidance of reminders of the loss
- Detachment and isolation from friends, family, and support network
- Difficulty engaging in happy memories of the lost person or time before the loss
- Lack of desire to pursue previously enjoyed hobbies or activities
- A reduced sense of identity
Stages of Grief
While everyone is different, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s model of grief can often be helpful as a way to understand the grieving process. This model includes five states of grief that many people experience following a major loss:
While these stages can serve as a general guideline, it’s important to remember that they are not always linear and that you may return to certain stages throughout your grieving process. When grieving, it’s essential to be patient with yourself and understand that progress is not always straightforward.
THERAPISTS WHO CAN HELP
NYC Therapists Who Specialize in Therapy for Grief and Loss
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How Therapy Can Help
There are a variety of therapeutic approaches to treating grief
Therapy can help you to process the loss as well as work through the difficult and often complicated feelings surrounding the loss. This may also include helping you to better understand the wide range of reactions you may be experiencing. We can also help you move to a place where you are able to live a life that feels fulfilling and productive while honoring your loss. At Clarity Therapy we specialize in the following types of therapy:
Grief counseling is a specialized type of psychotherapy that aims to help people who have experienced a major loss, including the loss of a loved one. This type of therapy focuses on assisting clients to work through their feelings of sadness, deal with any possible lingering guilt, and learn coping mechanisms to help them move forward and live a fulfilling life.
Through consistent practice, like meditation, we become more focused on the present and understand our experience in the here-and-now. Mindfulness teaches us to shift our attention away from negative thought patterns that lead to the unsatisfactory and problematic thoughts and behaviors and move toward positive and meaningful growth. Mindfulness can be used alone or combined with insight-oriented therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
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