How we grieve is determined by many factors. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The pain and suffering we experience can be overwhelming. Suffering a loss and recovering from grief are some of the hardest things we may do in life. There are several types of grief that might require some professional intervention, such as complicated grief, traumatic grief, or prolonged grief. These types of grief are associated with deaths that are sudden, violent, or traumatic events where multiple deaths occur.
Therapy can be helpful in moving us forward in all types of grief.
You might need to see a therapist if you have:
Loss of appetite
Feelings that your life is meaningless
Trouble completing daily tasks
Increased irritability and anger
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
Intensified longing for your loved one
Gone to familiar places hoping to see your loved one
Avoided people or places that remind you of the departed
Addictive behaviors, drinking more or gambling.
Lack of self-care
Trouble believing that your loved one is dead
Loss of identity
Worries about yourself
Others expressing concern for you
Been withdrawing from social interactions
Multiple losses in a short period of time
Feelings of worthlessness
A lack of a support system
A constant reliving of the death
Unexplained illnesses such as headaches or stomachaches
Been hearing voices that frighten you
Been feeling sad and unmotivated
If you feel that you have experienced a large number of the above signs, you may want to seek out one of our therapists. Remember, there is help, and you do not have to grieve alone.