What Is Bereavement?
It is never easy when someone close to us passes away, with strong, sometimes complicated emotions being a common experience during this process.
Sometimes these strong feelings can result in difficulties in a number of areas, such as concentration, motivation, social interactions, work performance to name but a few, but in turn these can lead to a greater level of emotional distress. There can also be other situations in which a person’s functioning in different contexts is not affected in any way that would be noticeable to others, however that person may be struggling significantly with feelings of internal upset.
Grief is a unique process for each person and does not follow a set sequence or timetable and, as such, difficulties can either arise immediately, or wax and wane over a sometimes prolonged period of time. For some the grief process may be relatively short lived before establishing an adjustment to one’s new set of circumstances, however for others there may be ongoing struggles with this adjustment.
Whether one is recently bereaved or was bereaved in the past but feels they have not fully processed this loss, meeting with a mental health professional can be very beneficial.
Having a neutral space to talk about one’s feelings and experiences when bereaved is of immense value. A person’s natural supports such as friends and family are very important during periods of bereavement and grief, however these people are often impacted themselves by the loss of a loved one meaning that, at times, they may not be able to provide the support that they otherwise would.
Talking with a mental health professional if you are experiencing difficulties related to bereavement can therefore by a very helpful and healing experience. Our clinicians recognise that every bereavement involves unique people with a unique set of circumstances and so will provide an individually tailored approach to bereavement counselling. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one and are struggling with this please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our clinicians have years of experience and can explore any area in which you are having difficulties.