Bereavement Counselling

 

Bereavement counselling is type of counselling that is recommended for anyone at any age who is dealing with the overwhelming loss of a loved one.  This type of counselling helps support individuals work through their grief as well as learn coping mechanisms for times when they are alone.  There is a time when we all can use someone to talk to.  Us here at condolence phrases agree that no matter what stage of grief you or someone you know is at, its always a good thing to ask for help.

 

 

After studying grieving individuals Elizabeth Kubler-Ross developed the Kubler-Ross model of grief which is described by the five staves of grief. 

 

These stages are:

 

 Denial

Not allowing yourself to see what has actually happened. Still feeling like that person will walking in that door any moment.
Anger

Being angry with the person who is gone or with the person who was responsible for this loss or being angry with your faith, etc.

Bargaining

This could be mentally or spiritually, but basically trying to figure out a way to undo what has been done.

Depression

Realizing what has happened and feeling all the pain that comes along with it.

 Acceptance

Finally accepting that this person will not be returning and starting to learn how to cope with these feelings.

 

This of course is not how all grieving individuals will experience all stages or if they experience them in the same way or order.  The Kubler-Ross model is here to hopefully help those who need it make sense of their grief and how they are feeling and coping.  

 

When you or someone you know is grieving and is in need of help, bereavement counselling is definately something that should be looked into.  There are different ways of getting this help.  It could be one on one with a private therapist  or in a group setting.  However you find help, use this time to explore your emotions.  You will most likely be asked to discuss your loss and your relationship with this person. 

 

It is not going to be easy but hopefully it will be a time for you to really reflect how you are feeling.  Talking about this person may open you up to a hole bunch of emotional feelings.  There may even be outbursts of crying or yelling.  Keep in mind that your counsellor or those in your group understand and will not be offended.  Be as open as you can.  And donít feel embarrassed.

 

When you are ready and do decide to find bereavement counselling remember this is a sign of strength.  When someone admits that getting help can help them get through a tough time, this shows that they understand that everyone needs help at different times in their lives.  Us here at condolence phrases hope you will see getting help is no admission of weakness, seek the help you need and you will feel the difference!  For more information on helping someone get through the grieving process take a look at bereavement coping.

 

 

 

 

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Quotes about Bereavement to help you realize that talking to someone about to try and ease their pain is not easy,

and it is a hard topic for everyone.  So when you do write or say your condolences, don't feel awkward, don't worry about

saying something wrong.  Just speak from the heart and the words will come.  If you are really unsure of what to say,

find a quote or verse or poem that speaks your mind for you.

 

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement.

Jane Welsh Carlyle

 

Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love.

William Ralph Inge

 

Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.

Dean Inge

 

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.

Henri Nouwen

 

Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.

Jane Welsh Carlyle

 

 

 

 

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