Grief or Loss

Grief and loss are a part of the human condition. Grief is typically considered to be brought on by the death of a loved one, but can also be triggered by any significant life-altering loss (such as a divorce or the loss of a job). Grief is a natural response to loss, but that doesn’t make it easy to deal with.  Symptoms of grief may include sadness, loneliness, anger, denial, depression and a myriad of other thoughts and feelings.  There is no “normal” amount of time for grief to pass, but if you find that your grief is not improving over time or that it is interfering with your everyday life, you may want to consider seeking professional help. A qualified grief counselor can help you to cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses to loss. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s grief experts today.

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Most people will experience some sort of loss at one point in their lives. Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Grief involves a range of emotions and reactions and is experienced differently by everyone. Grief counseling helps to emotionally prepare you for the anticipated passing of a loved one, help you manage feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance and support you during the process of healing and acceptance.

— Daria Stepanian, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Loss is a normal part of life, and the grief that accompanies it can be transformational. People often fear and try to escape their grief because it's so painful, yet allowing ourselves to experience it with love can break our hearts wide open, making us more appreciative and compassionate human beings. I was trained as a grief counselor in my graduate school years, and have always treasured the humbling experiences of seeing people become more alive through navigating their grief.

— Maria Orr, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corvallis, OR

I received grief training during my internship at Agape Hospice. I worked with individuals who had experienced the death or impending death of a loved one and it was an honor to work with clients who were grieving.

— Mary Ann Wertz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I have been working with grief for almost a decade. I felt this was a calling back in graduate school and continue to build on that knowledge to better serve my clients.

— Morgan Fitzgerald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK

It hurts. Experiences of grief may vary although it's common to experience "The Five Stages of Grief" like Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. "The Sixth Stage of Grief" - Finding Meaning - "can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience". Either way you slice it, we know loss and we're ready to hold space for you.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Loss has crashed down on you. Loss of a loved one, a home, a job, a community you loved, your own cancer diagnosis. Your feelings express themselves in unwanted places. You need to talk, but don’t want to burden those around you. You worry that if you start crying you will never stop. The way you coped in the past isn't working for you anymore. You don't know what to do or where to begin.

— Anna Bradshaw, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, NJ

I have experience in grief and loss with individuals, and have co-facilitated a grief support group through my local hospital. I am especially comfortable with complicated grief and trauma.

— Caroline Singletary, Therapist in Decatur, GA

Grief and loss will touch all of us at some point, but each person's experience is unique. My experience supporting clients in the loss of a partner, child, or other family member (including the pets that many people call family), allows me to provide a safe and judgement-free environment. Life will never be the same, but I can help you in finding ways to cope with your loss.

— Lee Padden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Temecula, CA

I've volunteered in groups and camps with Hope Hospice to help bereaved kids and families. We've done this at overnight weekend events and through regular recurring meetings in the office. I recognize many other losses in addition to death. And I can often help adults understand how loss impacts everything through the child's eyes.

— Joy Cannon, Counselor in Austin, TX

We experience loss at every life transition. Yes, we face loss with the death of a loved one. We also face loss when our child moves away to college. We face loss when we get married…and when we get divorced. We face loss with life events that are considered joyful and with life events that are full of remorse and deep sadness. Some grief and losses hit us with the force of an expected freight train. Loss is not something you can go around. The only way out is through. I journey with you.

— Emily Stone, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Although we all confront grief or loss throughout life, our individual experiences with each loss are unique and can be quite impactful. Loss of sleep, loss of appetite, depression, irritability, anger, disconnection and new behaviors can all arise during periods of grief. I believe we can confront and overcome losses with health, and I help individuals gently unpack their own experience and explore the impacts of that loss on their own wellbeing.

— Jamie McKenna, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sebastopol, CA

You keep trying to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but mostly you end up just feeling angry. And alone. You’ve never needed people more, and yet here are you, feeling isolated and all alone. Grief is such a lonely place to be. You want real connection, so you can candidly share. You want to figure out how to actually manage all these overwhelming emotions that just keep coming, wave after wave after wave. You’re ready to figure out what your life can look like moving forward.

— Rebecca Mercurio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Webster Groves, MO

I spent two years providing grief and loss support to individuals and families in the hospital. I then facilitated grief and loss groups for middle school students and adults dealing with addiction, and have worked individually with adults, teens, and children dealing with grief and loss. I have presented professionally on grief and loss.

— Margaret Keig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maitland, FL

Grief follows the experience of death and non-death related loss. Whether or not your loss just happened or it occurred many years ago, psychotherapy can aid in the processing of sadness, anger, shame, regret, guilt, unfinished business, and trauma-related symptoms (e.g., hyper vigilance, difficulty trusting others, intrusive memories, difficulty breathing).

— Lauren Hunter, Psychotherapist in New Orleans, LA

I took electives in graduate school around grief and loss and how to best approach and treat them as a mental health clinician. I then began working in palliative care and then Hospice (where I still work occasionally) where I had the distinct honor of working with patients, families, and caregivers around end of life issues and anticipatory grief. This work became a major passion for me and remains so at this time.

— Rachel Stapleton, Clinical Social Worker in Issaquah, WA

Therapy with me is informed by my five years spent as a hospice social worker and extensive grief and loss training. I help people deal with their grief or loss in any way they need and I understand that my clients are the expert of their own grief and loss experiences. They know nothing is off-limits, no thought or feeling will be judged, that this is a safe place to get it all out.

— Kathleen McHugh Akbar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Loss can be an incredibly isolating experience. It can feel like no one knows the right thing to say & that your pain will never end. If you’re wondering how you are going to face tomorrow, cope with shattered dreams, or feel like you can’t do this on your own, you are not alone. There’s no “normal” timetable & typically no right or wrong way to grieve. Whether your loss occurred recently or long ago, you deserve space for processing & honoring your grief.  I'm here to help.

— Madalina Coman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

I have experience working as a hospice social worker and as a grief clinician. This helps me to work with my clients and understand their anticipatory grief and then the grief felt after the death of their loved one.

— Nichole Geibel, Social Worker in Westlake, OH