The Complexity of Grief
Grief is a powerful force in people’s lives. While many assume that it is a natural response to death, North Ward Behavioral Health Center understands that people experience grief after many forms of loss. These can include:
- The death of a loved one or pet
- The end of a relationship
- The estrangement of a family member
- The loss of a home or job
- Any other kind of significant loss
The resulting emotions are often complex. Grieving individuals experience sadness, but also guilt, exhaustion, anger, regret, and even more surprising emotions like relief or gratitude. Everyone has their own way of expressing these emotions, but they can be difficult to process without professional aid.
Coping with Loss
Grief counseling is a valuable resource for anyone who is processing a significant loss. The counselor acts as a professional support system that the grieving individual can safely express their emotions to – without judgment or condemnation. They help the individual identify, acknowledge, and process these emotions using a few common strategies, including:
- Discussing and recalling the deceased or loss in a safe space
- Distinguishing grief from trauma
- Dealing with any guilt or blame the patient experiences
- And more.
The goal of grief counseling is to help the patient integrate the reality of their loss into their life. With time, it allows them to move forward, preserve important bonds, and maintain a healthy relationship to the memory of whomever or whatever they lost.
Personalized Support without Judgment
At North Ward Behavioral Health Center, we offer a secure, sensitive space for you to express your grief without fear of judgment. Our grief counselors will listen to your account and take the time to understand your experience of loss, relationship with the deceased, and the ways in which you’re processing the reality.
Every individual grieves differently. Our goal is not to prescribe a correct way to grieve but to support and assist you as you develop your own unique coping mechanisms, permitting you to regain your pre-loss levels of function. Loss is highly personal, so we seek to support you in a way that is equally personalized and tailored to your needs and circumstances.
Begin Your Recovery with North Ward Behavioral Health Center
Nearly everyone experiences loss and grief in their life, but you don’t have to go through it alone. If you or a loved one is currently struggling, find help at North Ward Behavioral Health Center. We serve and support patients out of our state-of-the-art offices in Newark, New Jersey, with experienced and insightful aid. Please note that we currently do not offer group counseling sessions, but individuals are encouraged to partake in one-on-one counseling with our compassionate doctor. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment for grief counseling.