Grief & Loss

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Do you feel like you can’t get out of bed in the morning? Are you wondering if you’ll ever move on with your life? Do you find yourself depressed and lacking interest with every day activities? The experience of grief and loss can be an extremely painful and lonely journey. At one time or another we will all experience the trauma of a loved one passing away, a terminal diagnosis such as cancer, a divorce, a family rift, or losing a pet. All of these results in grief and loss. There are many levels to grief and each person processes through grief in a way that is unique for them. WE ALL GRIEVE IN DIFFERENT WAYS. There are several books written about the process of grief and each books paints a different picture to grief. In Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ book, “On Death and Dying” she identifies five stages of grief. These stages include:

  • Denial (this isn’t happening to me!)
  • Anger (why is this happening to me?)
  • Bargaining (I promise I’ll be a better person if…)
  • Depression (I don’t care anymore)
  • Acceptance (I’m ready for whatever comes)
  • For some people their journey with grief is similar to these stages and they find great comfort in knowing they’re in one stage and with time and support will transition to the next stage, eventually approaching the acceptance stage. Others however, find that their grief process is more cyclical in nature. For example, one day they may be feeling acceptance with the passing of a family member, and the next day feeling depressed and withdrawn. Dr. Roberta Temes in the book, “Living With An Empty Chair – a guide through grief,” proposes another perspective on grief and loss. She states that people go through three stages in their grief work. These 3 stages include Numbing, Disorganization, and Reorganization. As you can see, EVERYBODY GRIEVES IN DIFFERENT WAYS. We will find an approach that will work for you and give you a safe place to feel your feelings and work together with you to pick the pieces up.

    Wherever you are on your grief journey know that counseling can make a tremendous difference. We commit to providing you with the supportive, compassionate, and empowering environment to begin the healing process. To learn more about our grief counseling services in Denver or Aurora please call us today at 303-481-4229.

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