Going through grief is such an individual process that you might feel like no one else quite relates or understands. Sometimes even the closest people in your life aren’t quite able to support you in the ways you wish they would. People make those “sympathy card” statements about your loss that totally undermine the depth of your experience. Friends don’t bring up your loved one, or they change the subject when you talk about your loved one. People tell you to move on. Some people make judgments about your grieving process. Family members don’t talk about emotional things.No one truly gets it.
Feelings of Isolation and Loneliness
You find yourself wanting people to ask how you’re doing, to acknowledge that the loss you feel doesn’t go away in a set number of weeks or months. You feel like people are avoiding talking about your loved one, maybe avoiding talking to you at all. There’s awkwardness, there’s a lack of validation for how you’re feeling. You find yourself wondering if you are the only one who is affected in this way by the loss you’ve experienced. The grief, sadness, low motivation, pain is a lot to process, but maybe it is just you...
You Aren’t Alone in This
And then again, maybe it’s not. And what if it’s not? What if you don’t have to navigate this intense season of grief and loss alone? What if other people can give you the sense that you aren’t burdensome, you aren’t making a big deal out of nothing, and they feel many of the same things that you do? What if people will join with you and expect you to talk about your loved one, wait for you to share how you’re feeling and how you’re coping; validate that your feelings are real and that they feel it too? What would it be like to come into a space where your anger, guilt, sadness, isolation, worry and fear are all totally welcomed and understood?
What Grief Support Groups Look Like
A grief support group offers a safe place to find solace with others who are experiencing many of the same intense and hard-to-explain emotions that you are going through. And while you may wonder why you’d want to hear about other people’s grief when you are dealing with your own, you will likely be relieved and encouraged to know that people in similar situations bring much more comfort, validation, and support than you are finding most other places in your life right now.
There is a Place for You
Grief support groups get it. We get you. We know how the insensitive comments that people make hit you. We recognize and feel the isolation and the loneliness. We are living with loss too. We will talk about your grief with you when other people in your life have moved on and seem to want you to move on too. We’d love to help fill the gap and support you in the ways that you need, in a safe and supportive space, as you walk through your own grief. We are in this together.
If you find yourself in a place of grief and loss, we would love to offer our support to you in this difficult time so that you don’t go through it alone. We have grief support groups that meet weekly. These groups can bring a lot of relief as well as some ideas of coping with all the unexpected feelings that may be new for you. Some people also opt to engage in individual counseling while in support groups and we can provide that as well. Know that your journey is yours alone, but you don’t have to walk it on your own. We are here to support you.
How We Can Help
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For adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one who are ready to go from lonely and distraught to feeling at peace.
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Other Therapy Services Available at Catalyss Counseling:
Here at Catalyss Counseling, we want to meet all of your counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide depression counseling, therapy for caregiver stress, grief and loss therapy, stress management counseling and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum depression or anxiety, 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.
Alicia Kwande is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and blogger. Alicia helps adults (especially mothers and caregivers) who give all they have to others, leaving themselves with next to nothing. Alicia assists adults in managing their anxiety, depression, work-life balance, and grief and loss. Follow Catalyss Counseling on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.