The Goals of Bereavement Counselling

If you are looking to understand how bereavement counselling can help you, here is a summary of what you might expect from it:-

  • To help you, the bereaved, accept the loss by helping you talk about the loss.
  • To help you to identify and express feelings related to the loss, i.e. guilt, blame, shame, anger, anxiety, helplessness and sadness.
  • To help you to separate emotionally from the person who died and to take into consideration your own needs.
  • To provide support and time to reflect on grieving at significant times, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
  • To help you understand that the grief process is very individual and to provide continuous support as necessary.
  • To help you understand your method of coping and what works best for you.
  • To identify coping problems you may be having, to address them and to make recommendations on any further course of action that may be necessary.
  • To address ways in which you can stay healthy and keep functioning.
  • To help you re-establish relationships with others who may be going through their own grief process in a different way to yours.
  • To help you develop a healthy image of yourself and the world.

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