Compassionate Grief/Loss Counseling in Aventura

You have probably heard of grief stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. However, you may not know that you may experience these stages out of order or intermittently. Grief is not so much a linear process as it is a task of accepting the new reality of the loss. Unfortunately, you may not ever get over the loss or death of a spouse, child, parent, or other loved one. However, through compassionate grief and loss services, you can learn how to live with the grief.

At Services for Living Well, we understand the impact grief can have on your life. Through compassionate services and effective treatments, we will help you better manage your grief and loss.

Signs of Grief

People may experience a full range of emotions after a loss or during the grieving process, such as:

  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Yearning
  • Anger
  • Regret
  • Self-blame
  • Denial

People may respond behaviorally through crying, dwelling on the circumstances that led to the death, or withdrawing socially. Some may actively avoid restorative activities.

Complicated grief is a more profound sense of loss that may indicate that help from a third party may be necessary. This type of grief overshadows a person’s entire life and interferes with their daily functioning. Signs of complicated grief include:

  • Feelings of depression
  • Intense sadness
  • Feeling empty or hopeless
  • Intense emotional pain
  • Difficulty keeping up with your normal routine, such as not being able to work or parent
  • Yearning to be reunited with the person who passed
  • Difficulty thinking of or embracing happy memories of the person who is gone
  • Actively avoiding reminders of the person
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Intrusive thoughts that life is not worth living
  • Self-harm
  • Lack of interest in pursuing favorite pastimes or making plans

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help you.

Understanding the Grief Experience

When you lose someone – whether through death, addiction, estrangement, or other means – you begin to take an inventory of everything you lost. This may include the person, as well as the hopes, dreams, and expectations you had for the future.

Experiencing grief can be a complicated process, as well as an individualized one. No two people experience distress in the same manner. Often, how a person responds to grief depends on their background, the relationship to the person who was lost, and their beliefs. Some people may immediately fall into a deep depression while someone else may feel numb. There may even be a sense of relief in situations involving prolonged suffering such as with illness or a complicated family relationship. All of these feelings are normal. We can help you through your grief journey.