Grief is the emotional suffering one experiences in response to a loss. Grief will be more intense the more significant the loss, often the most intense being the death of a loved one. We can also experience grief in response to other losses such as the loss of a relationship, our health, the death of a pet, loss of friendship. Grief is a highly individual experience. It can feel like drowning in waves of emotion. Psychological symptoms of grief can include shock, sadness, guilt, anger, fear. Physiological symptoms can include fatigue, insomnia, nausea, weight loss/gain. The above symptoms are normal when a significant loss is experienced. However, if after a while the experience of grief does not become less intense, it may indicate “complicated grief”.

Counselling can assist by providing emotional support and identifying obstacles to resumed happiness and an enriched life.

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