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coping with

your grief

what is grief and beveavement?

Loss, and the grief or bereavement occurring due to the loss, may be one of the few experiences that everyone has dealt with, or will have to one day deal with. Loss can come in many ways, including major losses such as loss of a loved one, friend, or pet, divorce or change in family structure, loss of an ability to work, a change in financial responsibilities, the break-up of a romantic relationship or friendship, or the loss of anything else that you value. While death, accidents, and any other sudden loss in your life may seem a more obvious stressor than others, it is always important for you to acknowledge that only you can define what loss means to you and how you will grieve.

Almost everyone responds to loss with some level of grief. Grief, the process of managing your loss, is very personal and exclusive to you. How you navigate feelings of grief, and for how long, will be unique, and can be impacted by previous experiences of loss, grief or trauma. While there are many models that describe the stages of grief, most all agree that typically you will experience feelings of anger, sadness and guilt, as you navigate the grieving process.

As you work through the grieving or bereavement process, you will likely experience a range of emotions, some which may be easily attributed to the loss, and others that may be more subtle. Sadness, tearfulness, and feeling unsettled by the loss are common feelings. Likewise, anger, loss of control and anxiety, often mixed with feelings of guilt or responsibility for the loss, are typical. As you manage your grief, you will likely experience one or more of these emotions at any given time, and it is important to understand that all emotions you are or may be feeling are normal. It is also important to recognize that you will recover.

Do any of these grief symptoms describe you?

  • Your mood changes constantly when before it stayed fairly steady

  • Your emotions range from sadness, to anger, to guilt, to confusion

  • You are losing sleep, have difficulty sleeping, or sleep too much

  • You feel alone or want to isolate yourself from others

  • You are clingy and needy and not want to be alone

  • You have headaches

  • You have stomach aches or loss of appetite

  • You are more irritable and annoyed

  • You are crying more often

  • You feel “heavy”, with more aches and pains

  • You feel resentful or cynical

  • You lack a sense of control

  • You feel unsafe

  • You start to question your faith or the meaning of life

  • You are angry at God, or your spiritual being

  • You have thoughts of suicide

  • You are angry that others’ lives are going on as usual and yours isn’t

Experiencing a loss can have a significant impact on how you experience the world, how you think about the world, and how you respond to your environment and community.  You may think that your loss was not “that bad” or may find yourself comparing your loss to others, minimizing your own loss and likewise invalidating your own feelings and thoughts.

When we experience loss or an anticipated loss, and subsequent grieving, we often take time to reflect on the “meaning of life” and how our “meaning” may sometimes change as a result of a loss. This can be a very painful process, but with support, can often lead to healing, recovery and personal growth. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we can you offer you support through your grieving process, both after the loss and during the loss experience. We work with you to find meaning in your loss or anticipated loss, so that you may continue to find joy in your life along with personal growth and wellness. We assist you in Coping with Your Grief.

grief facts:

Did you know that:

  • 2.5 million people pass away in the United States each year, and for each loss, on average, 5 people will grieve the loss of that person in some way or another, impacting almost 12.5 million people.

  • 1.5 million children, or 5% of children in the United States, will lose one or both parents by the age of 15, and 6 million, or 20%, will experience the loss of a loved one by the age of 18.

  • As you grow older, you are at higher risk of losing a loved one, spouse or friend, and due to rising mortality rates amongst middle-aged adults, children are more likely to experience the death of a parent. Likewise, middle-aged adults are more likely to experience the loss of a spouse.

  • Increased rates of divorce or separation has led to 68% of children living in “non-traditional” homes, in which one or both parents are not present.

  • Between 2015-2017, 3 million people lost jobs they had held for more than 3 years, with 33% not having found employment within a year of the job loss.

  • 18% of adults in the United States are unpaid caregivers, caring for a family member that is unable to care for themselves.

  • 39.8 million adults in the United States are caring for another adult.

Any of the above can trigger grief reactions in us. Loss can affect any one of us, at any time, either unexpectedly or anticipated. We can have a grief reaction to loss of a job, pet, relationship, health, or many other reasons, in addition to loss of a loved one.

 

grief and bereavement treatment with catalyss counseling

As you work through your grieving process, you will experience a range of different emotions and thoughts. Some days will feel more difficult than others, and this is a normal part of the grieving process. Our therapists will work with you to identify your immediate needs, and will support you as you develop coping skills to manage difficult daily feelings and stressors, such as work, family responsibilities and maintaining basic health through sleep, nutrition and exercise. We will also work with you maintain healthy relationships that are important to your overall well-being.

Catalyss Counseling specializes in the treatment of grief and bereavement. Our therapists will support you as you gain understanding of how your loss or anticipated loss impacts your sense of meaning in life and your spiritual and religious beliefs surrounding loss. We will also focus on how to utilize your resiliency, past experiences, and community supports and resources to navigate through the grieving process, allowing you to feel empowered again, regain a sense of hope and meaning, and a continued path of recovery and self-growth.

how therapy works

Support for grief and bereavement with Catalyss Counseling can help you in with Coping with Your Grief. All of our therapists have specialized training and experience in treating grief and bereavement, and we know that therapy and lasting change takes time and commitment. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat grief and bereavement, contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation, or you can book directly online with the therapist of your choice.

For more resources on grief and loss, check out our blog article 5 Ways to Get Through the Holidays After a Loss.