Grieving or Bereaved?
Many feelings are associated with bereavement, including anger, guilt, anxiety, helplessness, sadness, and hopelessness to name a few. Sometimes individuals fail to acknowlege these feelings,or have no one with whom to safely process them. This often leads to problems and symptoms that produce maladaptive behavior. Drugs, alcohol and anger may be used to mediate the very real pain of grief that has gone unresolved.
Complicated grief reactions, those that are chronic,delayed, exaggertated, or masked can take a toll on one's health and relationships.
As a hospital chaplain and as a therapist, I have witnessed bereavement in thousands of individuals and families. Although there are common elements to our human grief, I have learned that for each individual bereavement is a unique experience. There is no right or wrong way to move through grief, and no time line that is common to everyone.
Because one's thoughts and emotions are in a state of (at times wild) fluctuation, the importance of having a support system in place during a time of bereavement cannot be overstated. Encouragement toward good self care, and the opportunity to safely process the complex emotions that arise throughout the grief experience is essential. The therapeutic relationship provides such a framework.
As a therapist, it is my privilege to journey alongside those who are experiencing grief, loss and bereavement in their lives. If this describes you, I welcome your inquiries and invite you to schedule an appointment.
Christine Livingston MA; LMFT
Community Counseling Associates: Carmichael, Yuba City
New Day Counseling Center Private Practice: Yuba City
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