Therapy for Bereavement, Loss and Grief
At some point we all have to face the heartache of losing someone or something we care about deeply. Grief is a normal reaction to a loss and may involve a range of emotions and sensations such as shock, emotional numbness, anger, guilt and regret. We may also feel tired, find it difficult to concentrate, become withdrawn and even experience some of the symptoms of depression.
We associate mourning with someone dying but grief can also occur after another experience of ending or loss of something significant like a divorce, retirement or redundancy, or a child leaving home. It is not uncommon to experience grief for quite some time after the event but it usually passes with time. Support of family and friends will help but sometimes we need professional help in the process, especially when grieving continues to affect our ability to function in everyday life. If we struggle to manage difficult emotions without support, unprocessed loss can cause deep emotional scars.
Do I need help dealing with my grief?
If you are struggling to cope with your feelings of grief and if the loss is affecting your ability to function psychotherapy can help you to manage your emotions.
Some of the symptoms of grief and bereavement are
- Intense sorrow and pain at the thought of your loved one
- Focus on little else but your loved one’s death
- Extreme focus on reminders of the loved one or avoidance of reminders
- Difficulties accepting the death
- Feeling that life has no purpose
- Irritability or agitation
- Lack of trust in others
- Inability to enjoy life or think back on positive experiences with your loved one
If these symptoms don’t improve over time it might be helpful to seek therapy. Some of the signs that your bereavement might require treatment could be:
- Having trouble carrying out normal routines or activities
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Thoughts of guilt or self blame
- Persistent belief that you did something wrong or could have prevented the death
- Loss of sense of purpose in life
- Feeling that life isn’t worth living without your loved one
- Wish that you had died along with your loved one
If you experience these symptoms, it is important that you seek help from your GP or look for psychological support
Psychotherapy for bereavement, grief and loss in London
There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to coping with grief; there is no ‘time frame’ for the length of your mourning. However, by offering a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to explore your feelings and assisting you in tackling painful emotions, psychotherapy can help you process all that has happened and all that has changed for you with the hope of eventually finding acceptance and a way forward.
Some helpful information about dealing with loss and bereavement
The Cruse website is there to help anyone coping with the death of someone, below is a link to the very helpful resources page that covers everything you might need to know or get help for when you are faced with everything that follows the death of someone.
Childhood Bereavement Network
If you are caring for or supporting a child who is coping with the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them then the Childhood Bereavement Network offers advice and support
Childhood Bereavement Network
Considering starting therapy can be a difficult step to take but finding someone who is able to understand can feel like a relief.
I offer a confidential, safe and highly professional relationship in a caring and containing environment where you can discuss whatever may be troubling you and clarify areas of difficulty without fear of judgment.
Get in touch
It’s important that you feel comfortable with the therapist so please call or email me to arrange an initial brief telephone conversation. We will then meet for a consultation during which we will explore how we may work together before making a longer term commitment to ongoing therapy.
Chiswick and West London
Oxford House, 24 Oxford Road North, London, W4 4DH
Holborn & West End London
City Therapy Rooms, 33 Furnival Street
London EC4A 1JQ
Bloomsbury and Central London
CFP, 60 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QU