Our knowledgable grief counselors will come into your environment to help your staff deal with issues of trauma and loss.
How Grief Support Groups Can Help Grief support groups are an important part of grief counseling and healing from the loss of a loved one. Support Groups in general are excellent opportunities for individuals to deal with issues in a setting which reaffirms the idea that they are not alone with their circumstances. In life we will all deal with grief in its various forms but bereavement in particular has a sense of finality which is perhaps unfair to categorize into the common stages of grief. All we know that sometime we reach out for someone and they are no longer there. Loss of a Child Loss of a Parent Loss of a Pet Loss of a Sibling Loss of a Spouse
Grief Groups Helpful Role Many people dealing with grief believe they are dealing with a very personal issue and they may be correct. However, seeking out the help of a grief counselor or a bereavement group can be a truly empowering and liberating experience. A lot of people feel a tremendous amount of personal guilt if they believe they are not feeling sad enough after the death of loved one. Others may isolate themselves and have no idea how to function and continue on with life with the intense amount of grief they are feeling. Some may bury themselves in grief books looking for answers. The grieving process can be completely debilitating. Fortunately, counselingwill help. Whether it is creating an understanding regarding the lack of, or the intensity of the emotions created by the loss of a loved one, a support group can help someone identify how they are feeling and reinforce the idea that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. This fact alone can help someone suffering an episode of grief to realize that they can move toward a place of hope and create a new sense of what is normal in their lives. Grief Support is not about diminishing the loss of a loved one or even a pet. It is about understanding that there will be a time that someone will look towards the future with the ability to honor the past but not have to live in it. This means that counseling is a way to help someone in bereavement to understand that once the shock of the loss is over, there will be a point where they will reach a new beginning. And whenever this time comes it will feel ok to keep on living without any sense of guilt about the past. This is not to imply that someone needs to forget about the past to live in the present, but more to reinforce the idea that the memories of loved can play a positive the future of someone who is grieving. Regardless of how the loss of a loved one can completely change someone’s life there will be a time that the individual simply must continue to live. It may be a struggle to get to that stage but the support structure of a bereavement group is designed to provide the strength or the little nudges it will take to persevere. Ideally, the group will be led be an experienced grief counselor and have members who are also dealing with somewhat similar circumstances. Sometimes reaching beyond ones traditional and familiar support system will provide extremely powerful results. We all have great friends and family but perhaps others experiencing grief are better suited to relate to the issues at hand. Having said that, there will also be those who feel they have no friends or family to rely on and this makes it even more important to seek out the support of a group with the power to help someone come to terms with the idea of moving forward. Grief Groups Promote Healing As with any type of support group, grief groups are structured in a way to promote healing and to provide tools to coping with loss. They provide a safe environment for individuals to make connections others in similar situations. One of the most important things that can happen within the group dynamic is the establishment of sense of community that can validate that the emotions and reactions to the grief process are normal. There will the opportunity to learn new proven methods to effectively move outside one’s own grief and gain a different perspective through the experiences of other members. Within a grief group individuals will engage in exercises and self exploration designed to promote both healing and personal growth. Even though it might be too simplistic to say that people will learn to move through the five stages of grief and come out the other side because the stages are merely a blueprint of commonalities expressed during grieving, it can be noted that the group structure can provide a direction for individuals to move towards. Regardless of the time someone will commit to grief counseling or a bereavement group believing that the grief will fully resolve itself simply due to the participation in the group would be untrue. Grieving is difficult and the healing work must be done individually but having the support of the other members, and the counselors who lead the group, can really help promote healing and movement into a hopeful mindset filled with unlimited happiness.
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