Grief Counseling What To Expect


Losing a loved one can be hard. It can be even more difficult when the grief that you experience becomes overwhelming or causes you to develop a mental illness. These are the times when it is most important to seek help so that you can better manage and process your grief. But before you start googling “therapist near me”, here are some things that you can expect out of grief counseling if finding a local therapist with BetterHelp might be an option.


  1. You Will Get Emotional

Grief counseling is by no means clean or easy. You are not going to walk into the office and walk out an hour later, clear of any negative emotions and free of the grief that used to control you. There are going to be tears, anger, and uncomfortable discussions. You are going to have to face your grief head on and you will have to talk about things that you would want to avoid on your own. Counseling is not about getting around your grief. It is about getting through your grief. Expect to face some unwanted emotions and thoughts when you get into therapy.


  1. You Will Be Forced to Do Exercises

Small tasks and milestones are important when you are going through grief counseling. For example, let’s imagine that you have lost a child recently. You may have a task in the beginning where you will be required to enter your child’s room and go through his or her things to sort out what you may want to keep and what things you can trash or give away. Later on in the process, your therapist may ask you to go through with donating and trashing some of your child’s things. It can be brutal to do but it is crucial to helping you through the grief process and allowing you to move on. These are the types of things that you may experience in therapy.


  1. Change Is Not Immediate

Much like how the memory of your loved one will not go away, grief is not going anywhere either. Over time, how you cope with the loss of your loved one will improve. For now, however, you will get the coping mechanisms from therapy that you will need for the future. Don’t walk into the therapist’s office and expect them to make you feel better again. This is not how therapy works and this mindset will immediately set you up for failure. Instead, walk into the therapist’s office with an open heart and an open mind and accept everything that comes your way.


  1. You May Not Get What You Wanted

Therapy doesn’t always work the way you want it to. This is a harsh statement, but it is the truth. You may end up working with a therapist who doesn’t work for you and therefore can’t help you properly. You may not be ready for therapy or you may even be fighting it unconsciously and preventing yourself from healing and moving forward. There is an abundance of reasons that therapy may not work for you. If it doesn’t, keep looking for help and don’t lose hope.


  1. Grief Requires Constant Work

Long after you have finished working with your therapist, you will still be feeling the effects of your grief. The symptoms may not be as serious as they were when you initially experienced the loss but they will still be there. Know this and know that you will have to be working on your grief for the remainder of your life. What you learn in therapy is designed to help you achieve this.




Common Symptoms Of Grief

Grief, as with any emotional problem, comes with its own set of symptoms. However, these symptoms will vary from person to person depending on how they normally react and cope when faced with traumatic events.The emptiness, as discussed in this BetterHelp article, depends on how one copes. Whether you are feeling empty or you are having a difficult time getting through the day without crying, here are the common symptoms of grief that all people deal with.

Emotional Symptoms of Grief

  • Emptiness- When you initially learn about the loss of a loved one, you may feel a degree of emotional emptiness or numbness. This is due to the fact that you are dealing with the shock of the news and your mind has not yet processed the information in a way that it can cope with yet. This feeling, however, typically wears off eventually and you will begin to experience the other symptoms on this list.
  • Sadness- Sadness is the most common symptom of grief. You should expect to feel sadness as a result of the loss of your loved one.
  • Anger- You may feel angry at the world or at your loved one for the grief that you are experiencing. You shouldn’t feel bad about feeling this way as it is natural to be angry at something when your loved one passes. However, remember that this feeling will fade away as you go through the grief process and move on to other emotions.
  • Fear- If you’ve lost a great many people in a short period of time, you may begin feeling scared or worried that something terrible will happen to you as well. This is natural as well and will fade over time. Try to find ways that you can alleviate this fear so that you will be able to keep it from preventing you from living life.


Physical Manifestations of Grief

  • Fatigue- Grief not only causes emotional problems but manifests itself physically as well. One of the most common physical symptoms of grief is fatigue. You may feel as though you are not able to gather the energy needed to do basic tasks throughout your day. You may also begin sleeping more as a result of your loss. This type of symptom will fix itself over time.
  • Unexplained aches and pains- If you’re grieving and you’re having a difficult time dealing with it, you most likely are dealing with this symptom. It is common for people dealing with physical pain when they are also feeling extreme emotional pain. These types of aches and pains include headaches, stomach aches, and back pain.
  • Eating too much or eating too little– You may find after you’ve lost your loved one that you have absolutely no appetite at all or you may develop a voracious appetite. Either way, this is natural for those dealing with grief. You should keep both of these symptoms in check to prevent yourself from starving, overeating, or developing an eating disorder.

Changes That You Will Experience in Life

Grief has the ability to affect your body as well as your surroundings. Some external symptoms of grief include social changes and changes in faith. Through your grief, you will be able to determine who you truly want in your life and you will probably have moments where you will question your faith and the way that the world around you works. Expect these things to come into existence during the grieving process.

Most importantly, if any of the symptoms above stick around for months and you feel that you have not moved forward in your grief process, seek help as you may have developed a mental illness as a result of your grief.





Coping with The Loss of My Better Half

Losing my husband is probably the most nerve-wrecking, most heartbreaking, most energy-draining, and most soulful experience I ever had. It was toughest of the toughest challenges that I didn’t believe I will be able to surpass. I thought that it was also the end for me. I thought I would never live my life again after my husband has passed. But because of my husband, himself, I was able to put back my broken pieces of heart, soul and mind into one again. Let me tell you how I managed to cope with my husband’s passing.

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Remembering Your Loved Ones

After someone has passed away, the people who left behind will be tasked to carry what they used to do while they were still alive. This may not be a particularly easy job, especially when the individual is a member of the family and/or that person was a close friend. Therefore, whether we like it or not, things must be done properly. Regardless of your religion, grieving after someone’s loss is somehow a healthy one and is completely necessary. However, some people suffer more than others and seem to be able to cope with what has happened. If you are suffering from depression or you simply can’t cope, contact a professional counselor through free online counseling and they will be able to help you back on the road to recovery.

Even if our loved one has gone, we can still keep their legacy alive and their memories fresh all the time by honoring them in any of this different ways: Continue reading “Remembering Your Loved Ones” »

Memorialize your Mother

Memorialize your Mother

When your mother dies, there is nothing like it. There you are, going along in your life as normal when suddenly all these uncomfortable feelings show up. You feel sadness, anger, betrayal, fear, guilt, hurt, loss, you are overwhelmed, and even panic. Where did all this come from? They are all part of your feelings of grief. I feel for you in your grief but you can handle it. You will survive. However, if you are struggling to cope with loss and depression, seek advice from free online counseling.

Even if your mother was very old, you still tend to feel a lot of negative emotions when she dies and often you don’t know what to do about them. Most people allow themselves to cry for a few days around their friends and family and then only cry alone. They think of their loss and cry. This can continue for weeks, months, even years. Some people can’t stop crying because something will trigger their memories of their mother and make them cry again. But we must have to remember that everyone goes there. No one will stay forever. But rest assured they always be remembered.

There is something you can do about it. You can tap away the excess feelings of grief, one day at a time. Even the first day when you hear of the death you can tap to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed by your negative emotions. Tapping any of your acupressure points helps your body produce serotonin to calm you down. And this manner, it would help you to feel better in a moment. For more assistance in helping you move on after the death of a loved one, contact an expert for free online here for further details.

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How to Remember with Pride

How to Remember with Pride

Before you are unable to cope and require online counseling, one way to keep up the momentum is to look back with pride at what you have achieved so far. Next time you find the dream destroyers nipping at your heels, try these three motivation boosters.

Booster #1 – Compare the old you to the new you. Even if you have only moved a short way down the road to your goal, it is important to appreciate what you have so far achieved. You might not be fully fit, but how many times have you been to the gym since you began? How much easier are the stairs now? How far can you run? How many fewer cigarettes do you smoke a day if you are cutting down or how much less are you craving a cigarette if you have given up completely.If you are struggling to come to terms with the way you look or any other vices, you may be better to seek help from free online counseling to get you back on track and healthy once more. Click here for more details.

Take careful stock of what you have done so far and try to quantify it in numbers. Write down every improvement you can think of in your progress journal. Continue reading “How to Remember with Pride” »

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