Loss Of A Loved One: How A Therapist Can Help You Work Through Grief

Grief after the loss of a loved one can leave you almost paralyzed. Shock over your loss is normal, and it will take you time to recover the loss of someone that is close to you. It is when grief continues to inhibit your ability to function, when you are numb and depressed without any hope for your future, that a therapist can start to make a difference. While therapy is not going to take away your loss, it can help you work through the loss in a more meaningful way. Grief therapy can address your loss, give you a space to talk about your loved one, and help you work through the common symptoms that come along with grief.

Loss and Shock After a Death

When a death is sudden or violent, loss and shock are common. It is hard to come to terms with a violent death of a young one, and therapy can help you move through the shock. You can feel immobilized because of the shock of losing someone close to you. While this is normal for a few weeks or so, some people get stuck in this stage and don't experience any healing. A therapist can give you the place you need to talk about your loss and make it real.

Anger and Bargaining Over Your Loss

Grief is not linear. You might be angry one day and depressed another. You might try to bargain your way out of the loss or become so angry that you can't control your anger. It's a stage of grief and completely expected. When your anger remains, it can help to talk to a therapist about your anger. You may feel a sense of betrayal from your loved one because they left you, or angry at the person responsible for the death. Grief therapy supports your healing in an understanding way.

Moving Forward After a Loss

It is not a simple process to move forward after a loss. Grief therapy is not about getting over it, but about moving through your grief. When you work with a therapist while you are grieving a difficult loss, you will get the support you need in a neutral way. While others close to you may want to help, a professional therapist knows how to help. You can work through your grief over time, and get the healing you need when you find the right therapist.

For more information, reach out to a therapist in your area.