Sarah Morton Counselling
Sarah Morton
North London, Counsellor, Golders Green

Golders Green, North West London

MBACP (Accred) counsellor/psychotherapist 

I am an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist 
MBACP (Accred) and a counselling supervisor.
As a member of the BACP, I abide by its ethical framework and I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
07505 321 449
http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists/in/315cd9/london-north-west/london/sarah-morton
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Bereavement

If you have experienced the death of someone who was very important to you, you might be finding it very difficult to adjust to the immense changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake everything up - your beliefs, your personality, and even your sense of reality.

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. There is no standard time limit and there is no right or wrong way to feel during the bereavement period - everyone must learn to cope in their own way.

Grief, although normal, can manifest in a huge range of unexpected ways. Some people get angry, some people withdraw further into themselves and some people become completely numb. Sometimes, grief can turn into something more serious - like depression.

Bereavement counselling may be able to provide support during these very difficult times.
Talking about the loss often allows a person to adjust to their new life with all its changes - good and bad. Keeping things bottled up or denying the sadness could prolong the pain. Any loss has to be acknowledged for us to move forward. Bereavement counselling tries to help clients find a place for their loss so they can carry on with life and eventually find acceptance.

Stages of bereavement

During bereavement, it is important to find ways to mourn our loss and express our grief.
The bereavement period can be a confusing time involving a lot of very powerful emotions. These emotions can grow, fade and shift as we move across the different stages of bereavement. Not everyone experiences the same stages of bereavement at the same time or in the same order. However, most people generally go through the following four stages at some point:

  • accepting that your loss really happened
  • experiencing the pain that comes with grief
  • trying to adjust to life without the person who died
  • putting less emotional energy into your grief and finding a new place to put it i.e. moving on.

Most people go through all of these stages, but not everyone moves between them smoothly. Sometimes, people get stuck on one stage and find it difficult to move on.

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