“We all have two things in common, no matter who we are: We were born and we are going to die.”
Powerful truth, those two common bonds, and yet it’s interesting to note that many of us, when we experience grief, we suffer alone. Although grief is something we all experience, we are rarely experienced in dealing with the depth of our loss. Grief therapy is effective when someone experiences the death of someone close, a divorce, loss of a relationship and/or loss of expectations. Grief is a universal and a natural response to a death or a significant loss.
The top five grief stressors are identified as the loss of a loved one, divorce, moving, a major illness, and the loss of a job. All five of these stressors relate to a loss of some kind. Grief therapy can help you recognize the actions you can take to regain a sense of well-being after enduring the painful changes related to the loss you experienced. Moving through the four “tasks” of mourning—believing, feeling, reorganizing, and reframing your life—which are part of the grieving process, can create long-lasting changes, greater awareness, and newfound happiness.
On a personal note, I did not intend to specialize in grief therapy when I began my licensing process; however, the truths about grief that I learned from my supervisor, who did specialize in grief therapy, were so profound that I knew that grief therapy would become a large part of my practice, so life changing were its effects and results.