Bereavement, otherwise known as grief, refers to the emotional process which follows the loss of someone or something that is greatly valued.
There is no single way through the grieving process and no specific time for how long a period of mourning can last. Many people experience intense emotions like sadness, regret and anger as they try to adjust to their loss, however, other people may feel numb for a while, or unable to express their feelings. They may also experience confusion and difficulties with carrying out normal tasks, which can lead to frustration.
There are four distinct phases that people may experience during bereavement, these don’t necessarily all occur, or occur in order, and people may move from one to another or remain in one phase for a while. These phases are:
Coping with the emotions associated with grief
Accepting the loss
Finding ways to adjust to life without the person (or thing) lost
In counselling, Anna can help you to understand the grieving process and where you are within it. She will give you the opportunity to say what you want to say but may not have the chance to express it elsewhere.
Using CBT, Anna can help you to adjust to the changes in your life and find a path forwards through your grief and eventually beyond it.