Grief and loss
The loss of a loved one is a very difficult situation. There is no right way of coping with death – each person responds to his/her loss in their own individual way. Grief can include an attempt to maintain the emotional bond with the deceased while experiencing the reality of the loss. Grief and depression are different, but in many cases a depressive illness follows the loss of a loved one. Symptoms of acute grief include feelings of worthlessness and guilt; thoughts of suicide, and a prolonged inability to return to important aspects of functioning such as working or enjoying leisure activities. Grief counseling can help you navigate the stages of grief in a supportive way, and teach you how to accept the loss, as well as identify and express feelings related to the loss. The goal is to learn to live without the deceased, make decisions alone and form new relationships.