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.

When you should seek help from us?

If you have any of the following symptoms, you can contact us to get our expert advice.

  • A persistent feeling of unhappiness or low mood.

  • A sense of inadequacy and worthlessness with a loss of confidence.

  • Bad feelings, anxiety, irritability, and guilt.

  • General aches and pains, a loss of energy, and little motivation to do certain things.

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities.

  • Eating less or more – changes in appetite.

  • Sleep disturbance – i.e. early morning waking or difficulties getting off to sleep.

  • Reduction in sex drive and/or loss of interest in sex.

  • Difficulty in paying attention, loss of concentration, and/or remembering things.

  • A sense of helplessness and hopelessness about the future.

  • Having problems beings around people that lead to isolating self.

  • Thoughts of suicide and death.

  • Unhelpful, self-critical, negative, and extreme thoughts.

Pilowsky Psychology Professional Corporation

4 Beamish Drive, Toronto, ON

Telephone: 416-239-9042