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Grief Counselling Canberra

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Grief is an emotion we all experience on different levels… It is an emotion we cannot go around or over, it is an Emotion we need to go through.

You may feel alone, helpless you may even feel you no longer want to go on.

With support and time the healing process will come, there are times where you may need additional support from a counsellor. A counsellor may give you that non-judgemental confidant who will help you move through some of your most difficult times.

 

There are 7 steps in the grieving process, these steps can take a while to work through.

Some people take years to reach the acceptance stage which is the 7th Step.

  • Grief is a journey you do not need to take alone! Life is like a book of memories and you are the author. Others may read and interpret your story from a distance. It is important for you to learn how to read and interpret your story as you.
  • Complicated grief – Prolonged grief,you feel you are unable to find a path forward. It is important for you to work through your thoughts and feelings.

 The following are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing: It’s important for you to know you are not alone many people seek help after suffering a loss.

  • Intense longing and yearning for the deceased
  • Intrusive thoughts or images of your loved one
  • Denial of the death or sense of disbelief
  • Imagining that your loved one is alive
dealing with difficult choices
  • Searching for the person in familiar places
  • Avoiding things that remind you of your loved one
  • Extreme anger or bitterness over the loss
  • Feeling that life is empty or meaningless
there comes a time


Dealing with GUILT before Guilt takes over

Symptoms:

  • sorrow
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • acceptance
  • depression
  • denial

We help you develop a plan and work your plan- Making choices for your parents when they cannot.

Emotional support, a non-judgmental confidant to listen, family decisions are hard enough to make at any time. In today’s times we are negotiating long hours at work, children and others opinions.   Guilt is one of the hardest feelings to negotiate when making decisions for your parents and even harder to live with when they are gone.

Our education system and our society’s teachings do not mentally prepare us for making decisions for our parents when they can no longer make decisions for themselves. You may be faced with the decisions of looking after your parents/parent in your own home or having them in hospital or some other care outside of your control.

You and your loved one may have pursued promising treatments and perhaps enjoyed a respite from encroaching illness. At some point, however, the illness may become terminal, and gradually the end draws closer. Once further treatments are unlikely to be successful, there is a great deal you can do to muster support for both of you.

Some of the support you need is emotional. The fears and feelings that surface now are better aired than ignored. Some of the support you need concerns practical details. End-of-life care needs to be arranged and funeral plans need to be considered. Legal and financial matters must be addressed now or in the days after the death.

Just as with grief after a death, family and friends may feel a multitude of different emotions as they adjust to the new landscape of their lives. Typical emotions at this time include: