It is the capacity to feel consuming grief and pain and despair that also allows me to embrace love and joy and beauty with my whole heart. I must let it all in – Anna White.
Counselling for bereavement can help you heal
My bereavement therapy practice in Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon can help to address some of the difficult emotions you may encounter following loss.
Experiencing the death of a loved one can be one of the most troubling parts of anyone’s life. Initially, you may be in shock, especially if your loss is sudden and unexpected, although, shock can also be experienced if the death is expected. You have experienced a distressing trauma and it is natural to feel overwhelmed by a whole range of emotions during bereavement, such as intense sadness, emotional pain and sometimes anger.
Learning to cope with bereavement
Grief doesn’t just disappear, it has to be worked through, expressed and felt. The pain experienced can hurt tremendously and is often devastating. Bereavement counselling can help you to cope with the loss you are experiencing. You will most likely never stop missing the person you have lost, but with the right support, you can start to piece your life together again.
Other types of loss
Traditionally, we may consider loss relating to bereavement of a family member, partner or friend, but other challenges in life can also bring up difficult feelings. Some examples include:
- Relationship breakdown
- Death of a family pet
- Loss of mobility such as with amputation
- Loss of independence through injury
- Loss of childhood
In any of these troubling situations, you could experience a wide range of emotions which are difficult to deal with and you may suffer from anxiety or depression as a result. Grief therapy with an experienced counsellor, such as myself, can help you come to terms with challenging times, adjusting to the loss and enabling a new way forward.
Bereavement counselling experience and training
Through my own experience of loss and bereavement, therapy helped me to adjust to a different life without my loved ones. I understand this can be a challenging journey to undertake, but with help and support, you can feel positive again, which I have personally experienced.
My psychotherapy training has covered a wide variety of topics including the loss of a child, the loss of a parent when an adult, childhood and adolescent bereavement, sibling loss, losing an elderly parent, losing an adult child, complex grief, disenfranchised grief, delayed grief, patients and carers in both pre and post bereavement. You can find more information about my qualifications and experience here.
Furthermore, I work at the Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-Upon-Avon as a Bereavement Counsellor and have a wide range of experience in grief counselling including researching adolescent bereavement specifically.
Feel free to give me a ring for a chat or send me an email. We can discuss how grief counselling can help you through this difficult time and help you to learn to manage life after your loss.
You can find my counselling practice in Stratford-upon-Avon or Leamington Spa.
Visit the resources page to access helplines and website details of useful organisations.