Grief or Loss

Grief and loss are a part of the human condition. Grief is typically considered to be brought on by the death of a loved one, but can also be triggered by any significant life-altering loss (such as a divorce or the loss of a job). Grief is a natural response to loss, but that doesn’t make it easy to deal with.  Symptoms of grief may include sadness, loneliness, anger, denial, depression and a myriad of other thoughts and feelings.  There is no “normal” amount of time for grief to pass, but if you find that your grief is not improving over time or that it is interfering with your everyday life, you may want to consider seeking professional help. A qualified grief counselor can help you to cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses to loss. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s grief experts today.

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Everyone experiences death and loss. Suicide is different. Losing a loved one to suicide is a traumatic experience that turns your world upside down. Feelings of denial, anger, guilt, yearning or despair wash over you and can get in the way of daily life. Each day you struggle, wading through the fog and aftermath, feeling overwhelmed by day to day tasks. Learn how I can help and book your free consultation today via my website:

— Michelle Parrella, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Monica, CA

I have experience facilitating grief support groups for young adults and understand that grief does not fit a particular mold or timeline. Together, we can process your authentic emotions without judgment to begin the process of healing, at whatever pace feels right for you, whether your loss occurred weeks ago or years ago.

— Kimberly Jaso, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

The grief that often accompanies a loved one’s death, loss of relationship, change in health status, big move, change in work, or other significant life event can easily become overwhelming. Sadness is common, but anger, guilt, regret, disbelief, and other emotions are also common and make sense in the face of grief. I provide space for you to explore how to integrate such losses into your understanding of yourself and figure out how to move forward with life when you’re ready.

— Augustin Kendall, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

In the work of death and dying, I'm a certified End-of-Life Doula for the terminally ill. I completed a masters-level internship at Solace House, a grief counseling center. In foster/adoption work, I'm a TBRI Educator and Trainer from the TCU Institute for Child Development and work with families who have adopted locally and from over 25 countries. While it may seem counter-intuitive, I find joy in walking through the end of life with families and am trained in Dignity Therapy for patients.

— Vanessa Knight, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kansas City, MO

Much of what we identify as trauma is directly related to grief and loss. Loss of dream, opportunity, relationship, job, friend or family member death - the list goes on and on. The sadness and disappointment that life can pile on can leave us feeling flattened, anxious and maybe even hopeless. Fortunately talk therapy and structured grief work can really help. As can neurobased therapies which help the body to release negative body memories that may be keeping us low.

— Cole Huggins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

The grief process is disorienting, non linear and, often, lonely. But it's also profoundly natural. The work of grief is holding space for all the emotions and memories to show up as they need to, and to do so with enough internal safety to not become lost. Grief is exhausting and profoundly meaningful work.

— Ryan Chambers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Seattle, WA

Some losses are too difficult to discuss with the people in our lives. We feel certain that no one will understand our experience- or worse, they might judge us for what we’ve been through. Instead of asking for support, it feels easier to isolate ourselves and let our grief slowly break down our will from within. I want to support you through this difficult process. Adjusting to your new life while creating an enduring connection to your past is possible.

— Meredith Drottar, Therapist in Cortez, CO

I have worked in hospice for over 15 years. As the Doug's House program coordinator, I had the privilege of managing a home for people dying of HIV/AIDS for 3 years. They and their families allowed me into their hearts at one of the most difficult times of life, and it continues to inspire me in the work that I do. Though life's transitions can be gut-wrenching and traumatic, they also offer us a unique way of growing and healing old wounds.

— Beth Thomas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I began working with grief early in my career providing bereavement counseling and running bereavement groups. I have also worked with individuals and their families who are going through hospice care. I also recognize that grief comes in many forms, and often goes unrecognized. The ending of a relationship, the death of a pet, or any significant shift and life can come with grief. I will walk with you in the grief and offer guidance as you find your way through.

— Andrew Listvinsky, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I have years of experience with grief and loss, both professionally and personally. I have run extensive grief and loss groups.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

I have experience both personally and professionally with grief and loss. Unresolved grief is persistant and will come back in waves when you least expect it interferring with your life and often times morphing into anxiety and depression. I have experience helping with grief and loss in many settings including hospice, ICU, inperson and online. I currently hold the Certified Grief Counseling Specialist certification.

— Lindsey Blades, Clinical Social Worker in Annapolis, MD

I have been trained to provide grief counseling and that includes knowledge of different models of grief and bereavement, treatment approaches, and common issues that emerge when one is grieving. I tend to utilize psychoeducation, mindfulness, supportive therapy, and Brainspotting to assist with treatment.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Gilbert, AZ

Every grief journey is individualized. So, it’s key to find what works for you. Working together, my goal is not to move into a space where you “get over it” – that’s just not how grief works. Rather, to arm you with the tools to carry your grief, bring comfort back to your memories, and give yourself grace for what each day ahead may bring. You don’t have to continue living in this in-between. Healing and a way forward are possible. Let’s get there together.

— Elise Robinson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NJ

There is no rule book for grief and loss. It can come in waves. It can look a lot different from person to person because we all grieve in our own unique way. I will walk with you through the trenches of grief through processing the loss you have experienced, and working with you toward a place of being able to move forward in a safe and effective way.

— Olamide Margarucci, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I am a Certified Grief Treatment Professional. I have many effective tools available to use which can guide you through this process.

— Patricia Bishop, Clinical Social Worker in Knoxville, TN

Loss is a daily part of our lives. How much we grieve a loss depends on how much we value what or who we have lost. Grief does not just come when we lose a loved one, but can also come when we experience a significant shift in how we view the world or when we experience a significant life transition. The benefit of allowing yourself to move through a grief process is that it can give you great insight into what you value and why you value it. Grief can be a wonderful teacher.

— Christy McCornack, Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

When we hear the word grief, we think of someone dying. Grief can be someone we love dying. It can also be a loss of a pregnancy, pet, job, youth, limb, or something important to us. You might be feeling lost, confused, sad, depressed, anxious, mad, or all of the above. All these feelings are normal and you don’t have to be alone. You also don't need a timeline to be over your grief. It would be an honor to walk with you as you unravel your emotions during your journey through grief.

— Liliana Ramos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Milpitas, CA

In the UK, I had specialized training in the bereavement counseling. I provided counseling at a bereavement service to persons from all over the world, ranging in age from their late teens to their late-fifties, who had lost loved ones from cancer, unexpected sudden health conditions, or traumatic events. I also provided palliative care counseling to patients at King's College Hospital. Everyone experiences grief and loss in a different way. I can support you to process your grief your way.

— Melanie Chitwood will be out of office & unavailable 5/24 through 6/4/2024., Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in ,

A Fellow of Thanatology offers a unique perspective on grief and loss, specializing in death, dying, and bereavement. Leveraging this expertise, they provide compassionate support to individuals dealing with terminal illness, loss, and death. By understanding the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of death, they help clients navigate their emotions, find meaning in their experiences, and facilitate end-of-life discussions.

— Chris Putnam, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist