Grief & Bereavement

Bereavement literally means to be deprived through death. There is no deprivation or loss in life more profound than the death of a loved one.  This loss is experienced in different ways by different people and is accompanied by intense and varied emotions.

Grief sometimes is first manifested in feelings of shock, disbelief, confusion, and denial. Later on one may experience feelings of anger, deep sadness, yearning, and despair.  Many individuals experience physical symptoms such as stomach pain, loss of appetite or increased appetite, and sleep disturbance.

Grief may be accompanied by anxiety and depression.

It takes time to absorb the impact of a major loss, and it’s not uncommon to want to avoid the pain of grieving and just go on with life. It is important, however, to take the time to resolve feelings of grief so further physical or emotional problems do not develop.

Moving through mourning requires that individuals experience and verbalize the profound feelings of grief, yet regular daily schedules and relationships often leave little room for this important process. Psychotherapy can provide a supportive relationship and environment in which to take whatever time is needed to talk about the loss of a loved one, the trauma of the illness or manner of death, and the impact of the loss on one’s life. If you have concerns about bereavement, please call me at (619) 295-7094 or email me at to discuss how I can help you.