Even when the loss of something or someone important is anticipated, it is always an unexpected and difficult event to deal with. Grief is a painful emotion that is often accompanied by a range of other feelings such as numbness, shock, anger, or guilt.
Grief counseling is important if you are struggling to come to terms with your loss as it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Experienced therapists can help you work through the grieving process and build resiliency, so you can meaningfully move on in life.Schedule an Appointment
Grief and Loss
It is a highly personal experience and the circumstances surrounding the loss are often the hardest to deal with, especially if it was unexpected or traumatic. People of all ages experience grief, but adults, adolescents, and children process these feelings differently.
Emotional and physical side effects of grief
Grief can have a powerful effect on the body, mentally and physically. Grief worsens inflammation, which can both exacerbate existing health issues and lead to new ones. It exhausts your immune system and makes you weak and susceptible to infection. The crushing feeling of anguish can raise your blood pressure and increase the chance of blood clots.
Intense sadness can change the heart muscle to the point where it results in “broken heart syndrome,” a heart condition with symptoms similar to a heart attack. Both physical and emotional stress can cause the nervous system to become overactive. Increased adrenaline and blood pressure brought on by persistent stress can be a factor in long-term medical issues. Grief can also increase the risk of depression and other mental health conditions that often require treatment.
Grief and loss counseling
While counseling may not erase feelings of grief, it offers a safe space to express emotions. Grief and loss counseling can help people who are suffering from loss to develop coping mechanisms that get them through the mourning process. Grief counseling is particularly advised for those with deep sadness and distress that is interfering with everyday life.
Counseling also aids in avoiding some of the potentially negative impacts of grieving, such as eating disorders, destructive behavior, or insomnia. Online grief counseling is a valuable channel for those who need accessibility to therapeutic services. Internet-based interventions offer the same benefits and efficacy as face-to-face therapy. However, online therapy for grief brings added advantages of receiving counseling from the comfort and privacy of your home using services such as video and voice calling.
The benefits of grief counseling
Counseling for grief is offered through Good Health Psychiatric Services that includes a strong team of mental health professionals who are experienced and trained in helping people going through the pain of unresolved loss. Grief can harm one’s health and become more painful and persistent, so we are committed to helping people navigate significant life-altering transitions and losses.
Our psychiatrists and psychologists work with adults, adolescents, and children to help them process the loss of a loved one, friend, pet, or help them get through a traumatic event. There are many benefits of grief counseling, and our objective is to help people confront their new reality after a loss and reinvest their energy into living a productive and healthier life.