Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period - everyone copes in their own way. Losing someone close to you brings waves of complicated emotions that may be totally overwhelming.
Bereavement counselling is designed to help you move through your bereavement and learn how to cope with the death of a loved one. Specifically, counselling for grief and bereavement can:
offer an understanding of the mourning process
explore areas that could potentially prevent you from moving on
help resolve areas of conflict still remaining
help you to adjust to a new sense of self
address possible issues of depression or suicidal thoughts
Bereavement support can offer you the space to express all your feelings as often as you need to. You can talk about the person or a situation you have seen or experienced. You might want to talk about what that person meant to you.
Bereavement counselling aims to help you arrive at a place where you can function normally, which might take a long time. However, with the right support you can find a way of piecing your life together, and find purpose while having continuing bonds with the person who has died.
Dip Couns, BSc, MBACP Accred