Should I Get Grief Counseling?
Grief and loss is something that you can only understand if you’ve been through or worked with people who have. It is perhaps one of the strongest emotions that can be experienced. Working with a Salt Lake City grief therapist can help you to process everything you’re feeling, not so you can “move on,” but so that you can find peace and be able to discover the new normal just to get through life.
Some of the Utah families that our grief counselor works with have experienced things such as:
- The death of a child
- Experiencing the birth of a stillborn infant
- Death of a spouse, parent, or sibling
- Suicide of a loved one
- Death of a close friend
- Having a family member pass away from a chronic illness or disease
- Accidents or trauma that resulted in death
- “Survivor’s Guilt”
- Military duty
- Terrorist events
- Losing someone to a drug overdose, substance abuse, or DUI
In most cases, our Park City grief counselors have seen that individuals who are initially hesitant to get grief counseling ultimately find that the therapy sessions are extremely beneficial on their journey to find peace. More often than not, they wish they had gotten grief counseling even sooner.
Children especially need professional help when they’ve experienced a traumatic event such as the death of a family member. Although a young person is quite resilient, they may start to act out, become depressed, or have problems at school because they don’t understand how to process the feelings of loss or the pain that it causes. Don’t wait until your young one starts to exhibit behavior problems; it’s best to schedule grief counseling as soon as possible.
We recommend seeing a grief and loss therapist or joining a support group soon after the memorial service (usually within the first month of the loss,) and most definitely within the first year of mourning. The next 12 months following a loss can be some of the hardest to get through, as are the anniversary events (such as birthdays, Christmas, date of the loss, etc.) Planning out how to process your emotions and knowing what feelings to expect can help a person get through them more easily, especially when there’s someone who understands what they’re going through.
Grief isn’t something to suppress; it’s an emotion to process. It can be a daunting task to get through if you’re not sure how you’re supposed to be feeling.