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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Grief and Loss Counseling will help you to process the different stages of grief which are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We will address the myths too. You will work on figuring out how to love your loved one in their absent, establish a new relationship with them and how to live in this changed world without them. You will also learn how to find meaning in their absence. We’ll discuss interacting with others, responses from people and the grief timeline too.

— Carmen Spears, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chevy Chase, MD

I have counseled hundreds of families and individuals through the hospice process. I know that grief can often feel like a wall directly in front of you. It follows you day in and day out and separates you from the world. It can be an incredibly isolating and painful experience that feels endless, and yet others often expect you to "get over it" and "get better already". My goal in grief and loss work is to create a space for you where you can grieve in a way that feels right to you.

— Grace Gould, Counselor in Austin, TX

I have a Death and Grief Studies certification with the Center for Loss and Life Transition, certification with The Creative Grief Online Course, have been a Hospice volunteer for 8 years and facilitate a number of grief groups in my community.

— Karen Mittet, Counselor in Bellingham, WA

My personal and professional background is grounded in working with individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one. I have experience working to heal the wounds left by the loss of pets, parents, pregnancies, friends and coworkers.

— Kristin Boyd, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Anaheim, CA

I feel grief and loss are dealt with in various stages of a person's life. I have experienced this in working with my trauma patients. Grief is a sense of loss of self which is seen

— Ana DeSantiago, Clinical Social Worker in Berwyn, IL

Has someone who was important to you recently passed away? Is someone you love in the in the midst of a terminal illness and you find yourself experiencing some grief and grappling with how deeply conflicting this can feel? Did you just break up with a beloved? Whether this loved one was kind and loving to you or not matters little in the realm of processing grief. We will each process it in our own unique way, on our own timeline. You don't have to go through this difficult time alone.

— Charlotte Haefner, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Loss is painful and complex. It can be accompanied by feelings of guilt or despair, and behaviors including avoidance, difficulty identifying your needs or setting healthy boundaries, irritability or angry outbursts, or isolation, to name a few. Grief and loss manifest so differently from person to person it’s impossible to predict its path. But you don’t have to work through it alone. With support, you can find a voice for your pain, overcome obstacles to joy, and move forward with confidence.

— Will Hector, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison, WI

When you lose someone you love, your life is forever changed. My training and knowledge provide me with the capacity to support you in your own transformation as your journey through these experiences.

— Sarah Bower Ho, MA, Counselor in Portland, OR

Personal loss can often leave us feeling lost, paralyzed or even denying ourselves the right to grieve. Feelings can be complicated and often times, our lives simply don't allow for the time it takes to work through grief. Sometimes even those that are closest to us don't seem to understand why we can't just "get over it". I help clients work through feelings of grief at their pace. I am also certified in Perinatal Loss to help moms who experience loss during any stage of pregnancy.

— Amy Galaviz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

As a Chaplain, I had the privilege of assisting families and their loved ones as they transitioned from life to death. As a community chaplain, I was able to assist families in processing the grief cycle while they learned to live without their loved ones.

— Tanisha Johnson, Pastoral Counselor in Greenville, NC

Have you encountered people who wonder when you will be “over” your loss, or ready to “move on?” These messages are usually triggering & invalidating, & leave my clients feeling that no one really gets it. I believe that grief is a completely normal & healthy response to a significant loss, & whatever you are feeling right now is OK. As a counselor, my role is to validate your truth, to walk with you on this journey, to help you harness your inner resilience, & to create a space for self-care.

— Sara Kerai, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC

Grief functions in our lives on multiple levels and in many different circumstances. It is a process that requires attention and acceptance ... and it doesn't have a time table or expiration date. Grief is difficult; at the same time, there are potential gifts to be found when people allow themselves to recognize and then release these intense emotions as often as is necessary.

— Cindy Purifoy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS

Grief and loss are not emotions you get through; they are emotions you become accustomed to.

— Brooklynn Kendall, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Costa Mesa, CA

Even with its elements of sorrow, loss, and regret, remembrance means that love for those we've lost has no final act. Through remembrance, we continue to love. Remembrance and the love it perpetuates can move us beyond grief as we remember the loss as a whole.

— Katie Wiggins, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Jacksonville, FL

Everyone will experience loss in their lives. How we grieve is a unique process, however. I work with clients to normalize their own experience while assimilating to life after loss. Grief is never about "just getting over it".

— Jessica L Packman, Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

It does not matter how long ago or how the loss occurred. Saying goodbye, or not being able to say goodbye is life's toughest stuff.

— Courtney Burns, Therapist in Portland, OR

There's no 1 way to grieve, and every person handles that roller coaster in their own way. Being able to hold space for someone as they learn to live without a loved one is an awe-inspiring honor. You are so much stronger and amazing than you believe! Having ridden that roller coaster myself, over and over and over, my compassion for that struggle is deep and real.

— Wendy St. George, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bozrah, CT

Losing someone or something dear to us is an experience we will all go through. Inevitably, this will be hard. Having a supportive space to explore the myriad reactions that follow – the sadness, the memories, the void that is left, can make all the difference between integrating the loss and growing deeply as a result, or finding ourselves stuck in a persistent state of mourning that can be hard to break out of. Regardless, there is no more human an experience than this.

— Ben Greenberg, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Athens, GA