Grief

Grief

Once, health professionals used to think that grief or bereavement was a matter of progressing through certain emotional stages. Research has proved differently. We now know that people will grieve differently and will experience different emotional, behavioural and sometimes even physical symptoms.

Different people will deal with grief in different ways and over different lengths of time

At times, though, grief can be complicated. People can start to do things that cause them other problems. They may refuse to deal with certain issues, avoid places or people, begin to use alcohol, drugs or too many prescribed medications. They can also start to neglect their own self care.

When grief is complicated, a clinician can help by providing a safe place for the person to explore their strong feelings. By getting to know the person and the events, a clinician can assist a person towards healthier thinking or with techniques to combat some or their anxiety and worry.