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Grief / Loss

Grieving is a natural reaction to the loss of someone to whom you are attached, such as a relative or friend.   Serial losses can be quite difficult (e.g., losing more than one relationship at a time or losing a loved one while also getting fired, for example). 

Other life circumstances can also result in loss, such as a geographic move or a change in employement that results in a loss of a positive support network.

Sometimes the process of grieving a loss can become “stuck” or complicated and result in a number of signs that it is unresolved.  Unresolved grief and loss can also lead to depression.

Some signs of complicated grief are:

  • having thoughts dominated by loss coupled with poor concentration
  • tearful spells
  • confusion about the future
  • strong emotional resposes when losses are discussed
  • lack of appetite, weight loss, and/or insomnia
  • feelings of guilt that not enough was done for the lost significant other
  • unreasonable belief that one has contributed ot the death of the significant other
  • avoidance of talking about anything associated with the loss

What Can Be Done About Grief/Loss?

Psychotherapy for grief and loss can focus on:

  • assisting in verbalizing the ”story” as it relates to the loss one or loss of support
  • begin to verbalize feelings of anger or guilt in relation to the loss and assist in understanding the sources for such feelings
  • identify feelings of regreat associated with the relationship of the lost loved one
  • assistance in refocusing life toward the here-and-now and positive future