Grief is the reaction to the loss in whichever form. It is expressed in a variety of ways with emotions conveyed as the key way of expressing grief. The feelings are in a full range. It could be anger or sadness or regret all the same. How people adapt to loss is different and unique as there are individuals out in the world. There may be similarities in how different people will react to grief, and there are studies which many believe to be gospel truth, that the reactions to pain can be classified and categorized. The fact remains that dealing with grief is as unique as the individual going through a season of grief.
Grief counseling is a field in psychotherapy aiming to aid people through grievous seasons in their lives as they mourn the death of a dear one or a life change that may trigger painful feelings. Counselors will suggest that individuals who are grieving will grieve in a way that can easily be based and related to their backgrounds and cultural upbringing, hence the expectation of a broad range of emotional reactions and behavior that are associated with grief.
When grief overwhelms an individual, then it becomes necessary for them to make appointments with the grief counselors who will help them cope with the situation at hand. This is when grief details the individual from their regular schedules or when it affects them so badly as to have their productiveness suffer due to the underlying pain is fueling that. The whole process of counseling through grief is a journey which one will take, allowing them to face the challenge, leading them down to a path of acceptance and having them come up with ways to cope with the situation at hand.
Some red flags to show that grief is becoming a burden for individuals is such as, a change in appetite and mood swings, overpowering feelings of disorientation and disorganization, perpetual tiredness and insomnia or having trouble sleeping, poor concentration as well as more vivid dreams. Grief is displayed in two major ways, either instrumentally or intuitively. While instrumental grieving leads the individual down the path of problem-solving and less admittance as less emotion is conveyed in the person’s undertakings, intuitive grieving is an emotional roller-coaster where an individual will admit how they feel and talk about it openly.
Grief counseling becomes key especially when a grieving person is not grieving at all. Psychologists argue that bottling up the disturbing emotions is a dangerous journey that more often than not will end up in an explosion of the bottled up emotions. What may result in trauma or even psychosis if not handled correctly? Taking a step down the road of acceptance always is a golden beginning for the grieving individual as they are expected to continue down the path to recovery and finally manage to pick up their lives and move on from where they had left off.
Down the road of recovery, there is the stretch where one has to learn how to cope with grief. One of the scariest thoughts the grieving party has to deal with is the feeling of loneliness through the grieving period. This is a downside because this way, it’s hard to open up and share and this will lead them into bottling up their grief. This is opposed to how pain should be handled and because it can also lead to depression which could cause far more damage to their mental health and general wellness. This is among the reasons why seeking further assistance from professionals and having companions’ support all through the period of grieving, is important.
A healthy and happy life after the recovery period, having gone through grief is as achievable as successful treatment through many illnesses. It takes a personal decision and a lot of support from those who surround the grieving individual. It is paramount that as one grieves, they grieve the right way, dealing with it in such a way as to heal from it completely, never to resurface or to become a hindrance over their lives again. In the case of severity of grief, seeking professional advice is highly recommended.