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GRIEF AND LOSS

Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. The reasons for grief are many, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or the letting go of a long-held dream. Dealing with a significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person's life.

Different kinds of loss


Feelings of loss are very personal, and only you know what is significant to you. People commonly associate certain losses with strong feelings of grief. These can include:

  • Loss of a close friend

  • Death of a partner

  • Death of a classmate or colleague

  • Serious illness of a loved one

  • Relationship breakup

  • Death of a family member

Subtle or less obvious losses can also cause strong feelings of grief, even though those around you may not know the extent of your feelings. Some examples include:

  • Leaving home

  • Illness/loss of health

  • Infertility/Miscarriage

  • Death of a pet

  • Change of job

  • Move to a new home

  • Graduation from school

  • Loss of a physical ability

  • Loss of financial security

  • Loss of Addiction

  • Loss of Lifestyle
     

There is no right way to grieve and grief can be complicated. When we try and rush the bereavement process and avoid the painful emotions that arise from loss, we can prolong our suffering. Living with unresolved loss and guilt can give rise to many other struggles, including addictive behaviors, depression and anxiety. Therapy can provide you with a warm and accepting space to help you to heal, build awareness towards all the emotions that you are feeling, and work toward reduced suffering, finding acceptance and integrating the loss.

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