Grief Counseling

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Grief counseling is an invaluable resource for many people who have experienced a loss of some kind. This could include dealing with the loss of a loved one, either through death or relationship breakup. This loss could also include the sudden discovery of one's own mortality, such as the diagnosis of a terminal illness.

Whatever the specific situation, the stages of grief are often the same. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross provided the most widely-known analysis of these five stages in her book, On Death and Dying. These stages are, in order of occurrence, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

How Grief Counseling Can Help

How can grief counseling help? First of all, it gets you to talk about your feelings. One tremendous source of pain where grief is concerned is the denial of feelings. This is understandable, for these feelings are often extremely painful and we want to bury them. However, being able to express these feelings can be a huge relief and an important step toward healing.

Grief counseling can provide you with not only an outlet, but with the insights and tools of professionally-trained grief counselors. These people have received intensive training and education in the areas of grief and loss, death and dying. They can help you to find invaluable tools for easing the pain of grief, making healing possible.

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