Feelings of grief and loss are a completely natural response to a life event, such as the death of a loved one or pet, relationship break-up, loss of employment, or loss of important items (such as family photos). When we lose someone or something that is so important to us, it can take time to adjust to the change and allow ourselves to heal.
Many people find that talking to others and the support of family and friends can assist the healing process. Professional support is available and recommended if feelings of grief and loss are intense and long-lasting.
Seeking help from a Psychologist
Our team of psychologists are highly trained in assisting their clients to move through the grieving process. We understand that, for some people, it may be difficult to emotionally invest in seeing a psychologist while experiencing grief and loss, but our team are here to make you feel as comfortable and supported as possible.
Seeking support early is recommended as long-term and/or overwhelming grief can have a significant impact on overall health. However, seeking support at any stage, no matter how long ago the loss was experienced, can provide relief.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The intensity of grief, how long it lasts, and the reactions to it, are different for each person. As well as this, the circumstances surrounding loss can greatly impact the grief response.
Common feelings and reactions in response to grief and loss can include:
- Confusion and strong feelings of sadness
- Loneliness and withdrawal
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Shock, detachment, denial and ‘numbness’
- Anger, blame, guilt, or relief in some circumstances
- Frequent crying and headaches
- Changes to eating and/or sleep patterns
- Stress and anxiety
- Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed with pain from grief or as though they will never recover; avoiding/finding it hard to grieve; or finding it hard to participate in general daily tasks and activities, our psychologists are here to help with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism.
We would be humbled to help you. You do not need a referral from your doctor to book an appointment with us, however, doing so may attract a medicare rebate. Please contact us for more information about this.