Bereavement & Loss
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Jenny Rees Davies MBACP (Snr Accred), UKRC, Post Grad Dip Couns
4th November, 2009
The feelings of loss and despair when someone or something has been taken away or has left us is a very painful and isolating experience. The bereaved person will often feel totally abandoned and can be faced with sadness, change and a great sense of loss.
We have to find ways of coping with all that bereavement brings, and with the challenge of finding a new sense of life and purpose. All this takes time – almost always longer than we think.
Often bereaved people experience feelings of guilt, anger or bewilderment. They may want to either give or accept blame; some undergo anxiety and disbelief.
They may attempt to 'locate' the loved one or communicate with them. Counselling can help them reconstruct their lives as their grief diminishes.
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