I offer individual grief counseling for women whose hearts feel broken.
Unexpected endings can be one of the hardest things we have to bear, as humans. Losing someone we love, either by death, a relationship ending, or in some other way, is one of the highest ranking items on the “life stressors” scale, ranking just behind the loss of a child. However, we’ll often put off grief counseling because it can just feel So. Damn. Painful. We worry that if we open those floodgates, we might not ever be able to turn them off again, and we fear that we might be riddled forever with the depression and anxiety that can come from an unexpected loss. Counseling for grief and loss can truly help us to rethink our place in the world and to honor the person we’ve lost. By allowing time and space to process this change in our lives, grief and loss counseling can be a critical step toward healing. But let’s face it – grief is grief is grief.
Another source of grief can be the loss of identity as we’ve known it or the onset of an identity crisis. Even though you may have wanted to get married, you may grieve the loss of your identity as a single person. Even though you may have wanted a baby, you may grieve the loss of your couplehood. Even though you’re thrilled to watch your kids growing up, you may grieve the loss of your active role as a parent to a little one. Even though you were so excited to be a stay-at-home mom, you may grieve the loss of your professional identity.