Coming to terms with grief and loss is complex and especially challenging as everyone experiences and processes their feelings differently. The spectrum of deep emotions and even physical responses are normal, but working through these complicated emotions and pain can be difficult, and left unresolved can turn to depression, anger, or feelings of hopelessness. Grief counseling can be a powerful way to find a path towards healing.
Many are familiar with the five stages of grief developed by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying. The five stages are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. These are the emotions and the phases some people go through in the grieving process, though it’s important to recognize there is no one or right way to grieve. Grief counseling can help you work through any or all of these stages, as well as other emotions you face.