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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. 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.

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

  • the loss of anything else that you value

Everyone Responds Differently to Loss and Grief

 

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. Your grief journey 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.

Your Feelings About Loss, However Varied, Are Normal

 

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. 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 common grief symptoms describe you?

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  • Mood changes constantly when before it stayed fairly steady

  • Emotions ranging from sadness to anger, to guilt, to confusion

  • Losing sleep, have difficulty sleeping, or sleep too much

  • Feeling alone or want to isolate yourself from others

  • Clingy and needy and not want to be alone

  • Physical symptoms like headaches and stomach aches

  • Crying more often

  • Feeling “heavy” in your body

  • Resentful or cynical

  • Starting to question your faith or the meaning of life

  • Angry at God, or your spiritual being

  • Having thoughts of suicide

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

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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. This leads to questioning your own feelings and thoughts as valid..

Taking Time for YOU During this Season is Vital for the Future

 

When we experience a loss or an anticipated loss, and later grieving, we often take time to reflect on the meaning of life. Then, our “meaning” may sometimes change as a result of a loss. This can be a very painful process, but with support, it can often lead to healing, recovery and personal growth. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we offer 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.

Man with head in hands dealing with the loss and grief of a loved one in Englewood, CO. He could use a skilled bereavement therapist for grief and loss therapy in Denver, CO at Catalyss Counseling 80209 and 80210

How to feel better with bereavement counseling:

There are many changes you can expect to see in yourself and your life after grief and loss therapy with Catalyss Counseling. Here are a few:

  • Understanding that your grief is normal yet also unique to you

  • Learning to cope with your strong emotions so you can get through the day

  • Moving towards acceptance of your loss

  • Finding comfort instead of sadness in happy memories

  • Grasping the stages of grief and where you are in each stage

Grief and loss counseling can give you a safe, supportive environment to let go of your emotions, process your loss, and fully understand what it means to you. We also help you move forward in your life after your loss so you're not stuck in the past. We encourage, when you're ready, connecting with friends and family members so you don't feel so lonely in your pain, and help you do this. At Catalyss Counseling, we help you Cope with Your Grief.

Through counseling, you will learn coping skills to manage difficult daily feelings and stressors. Including, work, family responsibilities and maintaining basic health through sleep, nutrition and exercise. We will also work with you to maintain healthy relationships that are important to your well-being.

Our Approach to bereavement and grief and loss 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. Luckily, this is a normal part of the grieving process. We know that sometimes, you may experience depression or anxiety as part of your grieving. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we treat you as a whole person. We know that anxiety and depression accompany grief and we have the tools to help you get through these stages.

Catalyss Counseling specializes in counseling for grief and bereavement. Our therapists help you understand how your loss impacts your sense of meaning in life. We can also explore your spiritual and religious beliefs surrounding the loss. We help you use your resiliency, past experiences, and community resources to navigate the grieving process. This allows you to feel empowered again, regain a sense of hope and meaning, and a continued path of recovery and self-growth.

Group Counseling for Grief and Loss:

Group counseling for grief and loss can be an essential component of your healing process. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we love groups. We've seen first-hand the power of support groups in helping people just like you get through your grief. Here are some benefits of group therapy for grief and loss:

  • Feel less alone in your loss and pain

  • Learn to connect with others again

  • Understand fully the meaning behind your loss

  • Honor your loved one with others who understand

  • Process through all your emotions so you can get through each day

We know that group counseling may be the last thing you're wanting after your loss. But we make it easy. Check out all our group options on our Group Counseling page to learn about the current grief groups we are running.

Specifically, our Grief Support Group is a great option for you to get you through your grief journey. These groups are geared towards adults who have lost a loved one, often unexpectedly but also after a long illness or declining age. 

Our groups are small, with around 6 people in each group, so you'll get the personalized attention and support you need. Consider group counseling as a supportive alternative to grieving your loss alone.

how online counseling can help with grief and loss

For those times when you are unable to come into the office for traditional in-person therapy, Catalyss Counseling offers online counseling via a secure video platform. Perhaps the though of leaving your home is unbearable, or you have family members to care for at home. The flexibility and convenience of doing counseling sessions online is a great alternative, and our trained therapists offer support for grief after loss on an online format in a way that makes you feel safe, heard, and understood.

how to start therapy for Grief and Loss in Denver

Support for grief, loss, and bereavement at our Denver area counseling clinic can help you Cope 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, follow these simple steps:  

  1. Contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation

  2. Or, you can book directly online with the therapist of your choice

  3. Begin to heal and find peace for your life

Hand holding an image of a brain against a sunset in Englewood, CO for therapy.  You can get help for grief and loss in counseling in the Denver area at Catalyss Counseling 80209 and 80210

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

Other Therapy Services Available at Catalyss Counseling

Through all of this chaos, a lot of things can be bothering you. That's why we want to make sure you know we are here for your counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide therapy for anxiety, depression counseling, therapy for caregiver stress, stress management counseling, couples counseling, and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. For therapists, we can also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.