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Start Healing from Grief

Grief is a natural and universal response to loss, but for some individuals, the grieving process can become complex. Healing from grief is a personal journey with no definitive path. New Directions Mental Health offers grief counseling services to provide unwavering support and guidance throughout your journey. You are not alone in your grief, and we are here to help you find the strength and resilience to overcome it. If you find yourself in need of healing from grief, we are here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 724.374.7414.

What Is Complicated Grief?

Complicated grief, also known as persistent complex bereavement disorder, is characterized by an extended period of mourning that disrupts daily life and impedes the process of healing from grief. The symptoms are similar to those of normal grief but are more intense and long-lasting. These can include:

  • Persistent yearning or longing for the deceased
  • Intrusive thoughts or images of the loved one
  • Extreme anger or bitterness over the loss
  • A feeling of emptiness or meaninglessness in life

Unlike normal grief, which tends to decrease gradually over time, complicated grief remains severe and relentless, often leading to withdrawal from social activities and loss of interest in personal matters. It’s crucial to understand that complicated grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of coping skills but rather a complication of the natural grieving process that requires professional support and compassionate care.

Understanding the Healing Process

The journey to healing from grief is a deeply personal and individual experience, yet there are common steps that can assist in the process. It often begins with acknowledging the grief and allowing oneself to fully experience the pain and loss. This openness enables an individual to start expressing their emotions privately or with trusted others, which can alleviate some of the burdens of grief.

Emotional healing often involves managing feelings of guilt or regret, while psychological healing may require reassessing personal beliefs, forging a new identity, or finding renewed meaning in life. It’s important to remember that healing does not mean forgetting the loved one but learning to live with the loss in a way that enables growth and continued life engagement.

Time plays a crucial role in this process, not as a healer itself, but as a context in which healing can occur. With time, the intensity of grief can lessen, making the emotional and psychological healing more manageable. However, the timeframe for healing is different for everyone, and there is no “right” timeline to adhere to. When needed, patience, self-compassion, and professional support are key elements in healing from grief.

How Can Grief Counseling Services Help?

Grief counseling services provide a valuable lifeline during difficult times, offering a safe space where individuals can openly express their emotions and navigate their unique paths to healing from grief. Recognizing the importance of seeking professional help is crucial in this process.

Experienced grief counselors can guide individuals through their grief journey, helping them understand their emotions and develop effective coping strategies. Clients can expect to engage in various therapeutic activities during grief counseling, including one-on-one counseling sessions, group therapy, and specialized grief workshops. These sessions typically focus on emotional expression, grief education, and coping skills development.

Regardless of the approach, the fundamental goal of grief counseling services is to support individuals in their healing process, empowering them to find a path forward while honoring their loss.

Reach Out to New Directions Mental Health for Help and Support with Healing from Grief

At New Directions Mental Health, our team of compassionate and experienced professionals is dedicated to providing personalized grief counseling services. We understand the complexities of grief and offer a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to heal independently and at their own pace.

We also value accessibility and strive to make our services available to everyone who needs them. Our telehealth services ensure that clients can access support from the comfort of their homes, eliminating barriers such as transportation or mobility issues. If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, call 724.374.7414 or click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts! For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.