Grief and Bereavement Counselling in Toronto
When we think about grief and bereavement of a loved one, we often associate it with them dying. However, there are other ways in which we can lose a loved one and still experience these emotions, including:
- Moving Away
- Inability to Conceive
- Loss of a Pet
- Health Issues
Not matter the reason for your grief and bereavement, these feelings are very real. You may believe your life will never be the same or are struggling to find your way. You might even feel like you have lost a part of yourself you will not be able to get back.
Going through grief and bereavement on your own is very challenging and difficult. Finding your way to address the experience and move forwards can be rather painful. You do not have to go it alone and help is available through grief and bereavement counselling in Toronto with Ellen Starr.
How Loss, Grief and Bereavement Can Affect Us
The loss of someone we care about can be unexpected and sudden. In other cases, we may have advance warning, like if they are suffering from a long-term chronic or medical condition. In other cases, the source of our grief and bereavement could be from a previous unresolved loss that was not fully addressed at that time.
For example, when you were a child, one of your parents died in a tragic car accident. Because you were so young, you were not fully capable of processing the range of emotions and feeling you were experiencing. Now that you are older, these unresolved emotions and feelings could be affecting your present life.
Loss, grief and bereavement can bring out various emotional and physical responses such as:
- Inability to Get out of Bed
- Loss of Focus
- Loss of Motivation
- Loss of Appetite
- Binge Eating
- Drug and Alcohol Dependence
- Lack of Caring/Empathy
If these emotional and physical responses are not addressed through counselling, they could lead to issues with your overall health and well-being.
How Counselling Can Help
How counselling can help you deal with your loss, grief, and bereavement is by sharing with your therapist your feelings in a secure, safe, and supportive environment. Your therapist will work with you at your own pace and allow you the time you need to gradually work through your loss and its impacts on your life.
Some losses may be literal and mean a loved one has died. Other losses could be more symbolic of changes in your life, like the loss of your spouse through divorce. Together, we will work through your loss and exactly what this signifies and means for you. My goal is to help you find internal strengths while helping you effectively manage your loss.
To schedule a grief and bereavement counselling session and start working through your loss, please feel free to contact me, Ellen Starr directly at 416-488-3102 today!