GRIEF, LOSS AND BEREAVEMENT
Grief and loss is complicated and messy. There's no simple way of putting it. That's how it is.
In therapy and counselling, we often hear clients say that family and friends keep telling them that 'you should be over this by now'; 'how can you still feel sad about X' or even 'pull your socks up and get over it' (I have to admit, I shriek inside when I hear that, arghhh!).
The thing is, hearing these things 1) isn't helpful or validating; and 2) misses the point when it comes to grief, loss and bereavement. We can also experience grief, loss and bereavement for lots of different things: it's not just in response to the loss of a loved one.
We can experience this in relation to the loss of a beloved parent, friend, colleague or pet. We can experience it in relation to loss of health, a job, moving house/location, loss of elements of our identity, a interest/hobby, an object that had meaning for us, something in our environment and even a value/attitude/viewpoint.
Neither is grief, loss and bereavement 'a straight line'. It goes more like the diagram below.
Recognise this in yourself? Maybe you are experiencing this now. Then we recommend seeking help and support when you can to help you through the process of loss and grief.
We can support you through difficult times. There's no pressure, no expectations, no hurry. Sessions go at your pace and we focus on what you need to focus on right now.
Feel free to get in touch for more information, to book an appointment or if you have any questions. We can provide in-person appointments in Glasgow and online appointments in Scotland and England.
We are here to listen and support.