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Grief Counseling Services for Loss at Sanctuary Mental Health & Wellness

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Grief is a very personal and sometimes complicated journey, and here at Sanctuary Mental Health & Wellness, we understand that. Loss affects all areas of a person or life, and it needs compassion, understanding, and support. We do understand that there are experiences of both grief and anticipatory grief, in which one grieves before the significant loss or bereavement actually happens, and of complicated grief, in which one may experience prolonged, intense, and emotionally painful emotions that interfere with adaptation to loss. This page is dedicated to helping people navigate their grief journey and understand the grief process, to know when to seek help, and to explore the grief counseling services available at Sanctuary.

Understanding Grief and Loss

Grief is the natural reaction to loss, especially to the loss of someone or something to which a bond was formed. Grief is usually related to the death of a former friend or loved one, but loss can also result from any kind of significant life change, such as the loss of a relationship, a child, a job, health, or even a cherished dream. Grief involves many different emotional, physical, and psychological responses—it is very different from one group or person to another.

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Symptoms of Grief

While grief can look very different for everyone, some common symptoms include:

  • Overwhelming sadness and longing
  • Feeling empty and desolate
  • Feeling guilty or remorseful for what was said or not said
  • Angry or irritable
  • No longer interested in things previously found enjoyable
  • Having trouble sleeping or changes in appetite

It is at this point that recognizing these symptoms as part of the grieving and healing process can be very helpful to individuals, traumas, and families in understanding that their experiences are normal and that they are not alone.

The Grief Counseling Process

Sanctuary Mental Health & Wellness grief counseling creates a safe space for patients to express their feelings, emotions, and thoughts without judgment. Through this process, here is what our counseling process generally involves:

  • Individual Counseling: One-on-one counseling sessions with a licensed professional counselor offer the opportunity to explore feelings in a safe place. Counselors work with patients to process their emotions and start finding a way out.

    Group Therapy: Sharing with others who are grieving can validate feelings and build a sense of community and understanding. Group sessions provide a place to share strategies for coping and to offer support.

    Family Counseling: Sometimes the family as a whole may be suffering from a loss, and counseling together is beneficial. Family sessions can serve to help members of the family understand each other’s grief and enhance communication.

    Holistic Therapies: While traditional talk therapy can be helpful, we offer holistic approaches to express grief, including art therapy, mindfulness, and meditation, that help patients express their grief in nonverbal ways, finding inner peace.

Coping with Grief

Coping with grief is not about moving on or forgetting about a loved one or death; it is about living with the loss and finding meaning again. Here are some tips that may help others cope with loss and grieve:

Let it be okay: Allow yourself to grieve. Grieving is not a sign of weakness but a means of healing.

Find people to talk to: Anything from friends, families, to a support group, sharing your load can make it more light.

Care for your body: Grief is tiring. Try to maintain routines that support physical well-being including proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise.

Consider ways to remember: Engaging in activities that commemorate the memory of your loved one can bring comfort and a sense of legacy.

When to seek Professional Help

It’s essential to seek professional help if:

  • Feelings of grief are overwhelming or unmanageable
  • You’re experiencing symptoms of depression or severe anxiety
  • Grief affects how you go about your daily life
  • You think about hurting yourself or hurting others

Reach Out for Support

If you or someone you love is dealing with grief, the caring team at Sanctuary Mental Health & Wellness is here to help. We provide specialized counseling, treatment, and support services to guide you through your grief with empathy, support, and understanding.

For more information on our grief and loss counseling group services or to schedule an appointment, please visit our contact page or call us directly. You don’t have to go through your grief alone; we are here to hold you up every step of the way.

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