Grief is the intense experience that we all go through in the tragic event of losing somebody we know. There is no right or wrong way to experience it and there is no specific time set on how long it should go for – everyone has their own individual process and this is normal. However, sometimes it has can have an effect that is much larger or lasts for much longer than what would be expected, and it becomes extremely difficult to cope. If your family is going through the loss of someone, it is important to seek help either together or individually, as the support can be very important in this time.

Some of the effects of a persistent and extremely distressing period of grief can include:

  • Intense sorrow and emotional pain
  • Losing the enjoyment from most aspects of your life
  • Experiencing a long-lasting negative impact on academic or work abilities
  • Struggling to find or accept any social support

In children, grief can look a lot different - as it can be extremely confusing for them to understand and accept. They will often express things with their behaviour instead of their words, such as by acting out or feeling physically ill.

Although these are all a normal part of the grieving process, as a family, you should not have to feel as if you are not coping and that the feeling will never go away. Seeking help from a psychologist can help you and your family to work through these emotions and feelings, and prevent any long term trauma for yourself or family members.

Our psychologists are highly experienced in working with through the process of grief, and in providing relief through:

  • Allowing you and your family to discuss any thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with the loss
  • Enabling you to tell your story and reflect on your relationships with that person
  • Attempting to make sense of what has happened and gradually learn to accept things how they are
  • Educating you and your family on other’s grief experiences to help normalise the your emotions and responses
  • Providing assistance on how to best support children through the grieving process
  • Helping to build back up your life as a family, and increase the number of positive experiences, activities and relationships you have
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