After a major loss, it is normal to grieve. The closer we were to the person we lost the more painful the grief can feel. Sometimes we cannot break out of our grief and in those cases, grief can get complicated. It can often bring about unhealthy or maladaptive coping strategies that can be harmful to the person who is grieving. Some people may turn to alcohol or drugs to numb their pain; others may isolate themselves from friends and family. If left untreated, grief can lead to depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Grow Wellness Group, our therapists help children, adolescents, and adults cope with their loss in a healthy way.
Seeking help for your grief means making a commitment to yourself to continue living your life after experiencing a loss. The goal is not to achieve complete freedom from sadness over your loss; you might feel sadness over your loss for quite some time. On the contrary, grief counseling aims to help you come to terms with the loss, navigate your emotions, and find your “new normal” in the wake of your loss while you continue working toward your goals and doing the things you love.