Grief & Loss | Counseling & Therapy
Loss comes in all sizes, shapes, and forms. How are you coping with your loss?
Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one or your former independence, our grief therapy and loss counseling offers an opportunity to self-reflect, understand, and grow during your grieving process.
Caring and Empathic Grief Therapy Near You
The reasons for seeking grief counseling and therapy are often complex and multi-faceted.
Living and dying are intertwined. Grieving the death of a loved one is filled with complexity and is often indicative of the life that was lived together. For some people, grieving the death of a loved one can mean experiencing intense sadness and overwhelming emotions that make it hard to function. For others, numbness, difficulty experiencing feelings, and denial can take over. Philadelphia grief counseling that considers both of these dimensions is important.
Additionally, there are of course many other losses besides death that are less seen or appreciated. But they can be every bit as important. Serious illness or injury can involve the loss of freedom, independence, and possibly self. “Losing myself?” you may ask. “What does that mean?” For some, identity becomes intertwined with activity. Being able to ‘do’ certain tasks, and do them well can be a huge part of a person’s identity. When something out of your control forces you to give that up prematurely, it can feel devastating. Having to adjust your identity due to loss can cut to the very core of who you are.
Grieving a loss is usually a painful and sad experience, but it can offer a tremendous opportunity for self-reflection, understanding, and growth. We don’t make presumptions about what your grieving process should be or how long it should last. We simply try to meet you where you are.
At Attune, we have grief therapy near you, whether in Philadelphia, PA, or wherever you live. Our help is flexible to meet your subjective needs. We offer individual therapy, teletherapy, couples counseling, and group therapy that focuses on grief and loss issues. Our grief and loss grief counseling therapists will work with you to put into words, organize, and understand what you’re going through. We have hope that in the process of doing so, we can help you to work through your loss in a way that aids you in finding peace.
Common examples of grief therapy questions:
Should you go to therapy after losing a loved one?
Not necessarily. Deciding to work with a grief therapist near you is a subjective decision. Going to therapy to grieve a loss is often influenced by your readiness to address the underlying issues contributing to your grieving. Working with a grief therapist may also be based on the extent of a support network with whom you can speak only about your complicated feelings. Sometimes, though, you may have a great network of family and friends to talk to but still wish to discuss privately certain feelings and issues with a skilled grief therapist near you.
How long does grief last?
Every person grieves in their own way and on their own timetable. Grief can last for a short or longer time. The duration of a person’s grief is based on the nature of their relationship with their lost loved one; how this relationship was related to the person’s relationship with themselves; and their coping tactics (while their loved one was alive, dying, and after their death).
Is it too late to go for grief counseling?
It is never too late to go for grief counseling and therapy. Nonetheless, if you feel that you are struggling or have been grieving for ‘too long’, that may be a reason to contact a grief therapist. There are also different types of grief. For example, complicated grief refers to when a person is grieving over a relationship that was intertwined with their own sense of self. In such relationships, it can feel as if you are not only mourning the death of a special someone, but also who you were when that person was alive. It can feel difficult to move on with your life without that person in it.
What are examples of grieving?
The most common example of grieving is the death of a loved one. But, as discussed above, people can also seek grief counseling to grieve the loss of a function, skill, ability, aspect of identity, etc. This is often related to injury, illness, and aging. It is haunting when we feel like we’ve lost a part of ourselves that we can’t get back. This can trigger a crisis that requires a process of working through this loss and coming to a place of understanding with who we are becoming.
Ready to start?
Talk with one of expert marriage therapists to help you begin a process of healing and journey towards a destination that feels right.
Attune Philadelphia Therapy Group
132 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Therapists specializing in Grief and Loss:
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