The loss of a loved one begins a grieving process that varies widely from one person to the next. As we adjust to life without a cherished person, the highs and lows of remembering good times and accepting the future without them can be emotionally draining. Sadness, denial, numbness, feelings of abandonment, guilt, fear, and shock are all natural responses to the death of a loved one. Grief is the process of working through these emotions. The expression and timeline for resolving these painful feelings is unpredictable. Although feelings of sorrow resolve within a reasonable period for some people, for others mourning lingers and a sense of recovery becomes illusive.
After losing a loved one, it is important and necessary to grieve. Prolonged mourning, however, can lead to more serious problems, including depression. Dr. Daniel and Dr. Irene Swerdlow-Freed convey sensitivity and compassion as they assist people through the challenges of bereavement and loss. As grief counselors we can help guide you to a healthy resolution and acceptance of the loss you have experienced.
Experiences of loss and grief may include:
- Anticipatory grief during a loved one’s chronic illness
- Children and loss; helping children grieve
- Death of a child
- Death of a parent
- Death of a spouse or partner
- Job loss or loss of livelihood
- Miscarriage and loss of pregnancy
- Shock of sudden death