Bereavement Counselling

Bereavement is a major life crisis in the sense that life will never be the same again.

The pain of loss and separation is an inevitable part of human life. This sense of loss and grief can be caused by many things – death of a loved one, family member or even a pet.

Marital breakdown, losing your job, emigration (either yourself or a loved one), serious and life threatening illnesses are also the cause of significant grief and loss.

This grief is a normal and natural reaction to any of these events and has been likened to an wound that will heal but will also leave a scar on your life. The journey through grief can be long and sometimes lonely.

Every person handles this journey in their own way. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her seminal book “On Death and Dying” proposes that there are five stages to the grieving process – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

We all experience at least two these stages but in different ways and at different times in the grieving process and not necessarily in the order listed.

Ignoring your grief will not make it go away. Grieving takes courage as it is often difficult and painful. You need to be encouraged to talk about your feelings with someone who will listen in a caring and confidential way. Counselling provides you with a safe, caring and non-judgemental space to explore your grief and talk openly about the losses in your life.

Suicide Counselling

Suicidal thoughts can be very frightening, especially when they begin to build. When death seems preferable to living, there doesn’t seem to be any other way seems possible and it’s all just too much.

When you are in such a dark place, other people can seem very far away and nobody has any idea that you are in such deep despair, it can fell like a very lonely, desolate place.

Counselling can give you time, in a non-judgmental and supportive environment, to explore how you feel and what is deeply troubling you. People often find the support and understanding of another brings relief and lightens the darkness.

Strength can be gained from your relationship with your therapist. Over time, a way through can be found. People can and do come back from this place into a better, more joyful life.

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