GRIEF & LOSS
Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Anchoridge Counselling wants to support you with any grief or loss you may be dealing with.
We’ve all felt it; that rising, choking sense of despair, of crushing loss. We’ve all lived it; falling to the ground, tears draining from our face, our throats tightening, our body feeling heavy. Grief is a natural human experience, an emotional experience, and an unwelcomed experience.
The grief we feel from loss can come from a variety of life situations, including relationship losses (breakups, divorce, and death), traumatic losses (suicide, accidents, illness, or homicide) and unacknowledged losses (abortions and miscarriages, loss of a job, an identity).
It comes in many forms and can look like many things. Just remember that almost anything you experience in the early stages of grief is normal – including feeling like you’re going crazy, or in a bad dream you can’t wake up from. Common signs you’re grieving include shock, sadness, guilt and anger. And while grief is an emotional process, it often involves physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, weight loss or gain, nausea and aches and pains. Experiencing these symptoms together can be
distressing and can bring about unhealthy or maladaptive coping strategies that can be harmful to the person who is grieving. Grief is different from any other problem you might have faced and it’s something that cannot be solved or ignored.
So what do I do with these feelings?
Grief is a healthy and logical response to losses so big that they shake our entire lives. The pain can’t be fought, or buried, or left behind – the only way out is through. At Anchoridge Counselling, we recognize that you should not “just be over it by now”. Our team of therapists will offer gentle guidance and strong support through your grieving process. We work with you to find new ways to make sense of your loss, to learn to manage your feelings in new ways and find your way back into life again.
Grief is an inevitable and universal experience. Everyone grieves in their own way and at their own pace. There is no shame in reaching out – you are far from alone and are not meant to take the journey of grief and loss alone either. We are here to accompany you on this journey and commitment to yourself to continue living your life after experiencing a loss.