Many of us today view grief as something to get over with quickly and promptly replace it with something better. We do not allow ourselves to experience a sense of profound grief or longing, we cut off our grieving before it is complete, or we may silence ourselves when others are battering us to “get back to normal.”
Although grief is a universal response to death and loss, it needs to be acknowledged on many levels in various areas of our lives. Grief counseling allows the clients to mourn and let go of the past without blame, shame, fear, anger, resentment or despair. We grieve our childhood hurt and losses, sudden deaths or parents who mistreated us. We mourn betrayals, abuse and abandonment; the end of relationships or any other pain and losses we may experience in the course of life. We also grieve for what we never had.
Grief counseling sees mourning as a psychospiritual process and as a profound and natural healing practice. It is not about returning to a pre-loss sense of self and reality. By going deeper into your grief, exploring the layers of sadness, fear and shame to the core of hurt, grief counseling becomes an opportunity for transformation, profound shifts in ourselves that can ripple out to the world.
To book an appointment for grief counselling with Elizabeth at Counselling Ottawa call 613-302-1573.