Simply put, grief is the experience of loss that many people associate with death, however, the experience can surface after any substantial change that affects their life, such as loss of a job or relationship, or diagnosis of an illness or other health problem.
People experience grief in many different ways. They may feel shock, sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, guilt, numbness or an inability to feel. At times, people may even feel relief after a loss.
Grief is complicated as there is not one way it is experienced. Feelings, thoughts, reactions, and the challenges related to grief are unique and personal. One thing seems to be a constant: people work through it in their own time and in their own way.
When a person’s grief related thoughts, behaviours, and actions are impeding their quality of life, therapy may be of help. Therapy is an effective way to learn to cope with the stresses associated with loss and to manage symptoms with techniques such as relaxation or meditation.
Each experience is unique, complex, and personal, and therapists will tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of each person.