Bereavement, loss and the grieving process are all individually experienced and processed. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Grief can feel overwhelming, all-consuming and can have a very real physical impact on the body. Understanding your grief is an important part of the healing process, especially in relation to a loved one.

The very word bereavement comes from the Latin root word: as to have been robbed. What is grief? Grief is the label assigned to all the emotions associated with dealing with any kind of loss.

  • Physical things: Things abilities freedoms
  • Self Concept: Roles Values Labels
  • World View: Innocense safety
  • Dreams: How things should be
  • Social: Loss of relationships

Counselling For Different Types of Grief

I offer bereavement counselling to help to normalize what people are feeling. As a counsellor, I can help you understand your complex and painful emotions and reduce the distress you may have about how you are feeling in a safe confidential place, where you can truly be yourself, express yourself without any fear of judgment or feelings of guilt, where you can be exactly how you feel, with yourself.

Anticipatory grief: Experiencing anticipatory grief, may provide time for the preparation of loss, acceptance of loss, the time to sort any unfinished business, life review and unresolved conflicts.
Normal Grief: normal feelings reactions and behaviours to a loss: grief reactions can be physical, psychological, behavioural and cognitive.

Disenfranchised grief: Chronic grief, normal grief reactions that do not subside and continue over very long periods of time.

Delayed grief: Normal grief reactions that are suppressed or postponed. The survivor consciously or unconsciously avoids the pain of the loss.

Masked Grief: Survivor is not aware that behaviours that interfere with normal functioning are a result of the loss. The grief encountered when a loss is experienced and cannot be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned or publicly shared, i.e An affair, or relationship outside of cultural acceptabilities.