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Grief and Loss Counseling

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Magnolia Kortland

on 25 October 2014

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Transcript of Grief and Loss Counseling

Grief and Loss Counseling
What is Grief?
Grief is the process we experience as the result of a loss. It involves a series of stages including denial or disbelief, fear, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.
What is loss?
Besides experiencing the death of a love one, there are many kinds of loss, including divorce, illness or loss of a job.
Coping with Grief

Grieving affects people in different ways. The grieving process is very personal and individual. Some people reach out for support from others and find comfort in good memories.

Five Stages of Grief
Denial and Isolation
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance
Denial and Isolation

It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the first wave of pain.
Anger
The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects, complete strangers, friends or family. Anger may be directed at our dying or deceased loved one. Rationally, we know the person is not to be blamed. Emotionally, however, we may resent the person for causing us pain or for leaving us. We feel guilty for being angry, and this makes us more angry.
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