We all experience a loss at some point in our lives. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them before 18 years of age. Feelings of grief and loss are not always associated with death, however, but commonly surface after a loss of some kind – whether it is the loss of a loved one, a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job.
When a person loses something or someone valuable to them, feelings of grief can be crippling. Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, empty, isolated, irritable, and numb by affecting them mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s important to understand that healing from grief and loss is a process, you can't just "get over it".
Unfortunately that's often what we are told by well-meaning people in our lives. Many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving, this is why seeking out a professional can be a wise decision. If grief and loss continue to disturb you, in spite of your best efforts to move forward, let's chat.