Loss of a loved one is a painful, disorienting and common human experience. When death or other significant losses occur we are deprived of someone or something essential to us. The resulting grief reflects the depth of our connection–the intertwining attachment we have with the significant people in our lives.
Grief is more than an intense emotional response. Loss impacts every dimension of our lives: physical, behavioral, cognitive, social and spiritual.
It is normal to experience grief with a variety of losses like a miscarriage, death of a pet, loss of a friendship, a serious illness, loss of economic security, divorce, loss of one’s life dreams and goals, changing schools or jobs and retirement.
Sometimes grief is complicated when we become stuck in mourning and are not able to accept the loss. This intense sadness chronically disrupts our daily routines and our relationships.
Grief can exacerbate other struggles like depression, anxiety and anger. There are both down and up moments with normal grief. When the feelings of sadness, despair and emptiness remain constant we may also be experiencing depression.
Left untreated, complicated grief and depression are emotionally destructive. Don’t hesitate to contact a counseling professional.
Overcoming grief is not a destination but an individual journey of personal healing. The professional counselors at CHARIS will walk with you through the road of grief and depression so you may rediscover the hope and joy in your life.
Get started today by calling 360-980-2920.