Grief / Bereavement Counselling

Grief is a natural expression of life and the reaction of the heart and soul to painful farewells and losses. It’s not always about the death of a loved one (bereavement). It can be any major loss, whether that’s a job, a partner leaving, a pet passing away or losing our security, grief is very real and plays a huge part.

Grief & Bereavement Counselling

Grief is a powerful and sometimes overwhelming emotion and It can make us feel uprooted, deeply desperate, lonely and unstable in our lives. 

Often we can no longer find meaning in our life. Society and our social environment with their high performance demands often do not leave enough room to grieve and demand that we function again quickly. 

Our grief affects us all the more deeply, the closer we are to the person, the animal, the object or the life plan. Grief counselling can be a real help at this terrible time and be a light in the darkness.

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We can learn to let go of loss  but that does not mean we love any less. Grief counselling helps you manage this difficult process.

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What Is Grief Counselling?

It takes time and understanding to find yourself again in this fundamentally changed life situation.  Because nothing is the way it was anymore.

Loss can be experienced through

– Death of a person or a beloved animal
– Separation or divorce
– Illness
– Loss of home, job or prospects in life

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For those who mourn

Grief takes away hope, strength and joie de vivre. So that there is space for this in life again, we work in grief counselling

For companies

Grief costs manpower – this is evident in companies. We help. We look after affected colleagues in acute cases , write really nice obituaries and organise internal and external grief communication,  clarify in advance about opportunities and risks and train managers and health officers on the subject of grief.

Animal grief

Animals are friends, are like family members. Their death can therefore cause tremendous pain and guilt. In addition, there is often a great lack of understanding on the part of the environment.

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When does grief counseling make sense?

If you would like support with coping with your grief , for example someone to whom you can tell about your pain as often as you want without hearing the comment: “You have to get over it now.”

When you want to get out of the pain but don’t see a way to do it.

If you take sedatives and sleeping pills for more than 4 weeks, drink too much alcohol, or eat too little.

It is natural if the thought occurs to you that you are no longer interested in this life. If these thoughts don’t go away on their own, or if you can’t cope with them, take the chance to talk to another person about whether everything is hopeless. 

We know our way around grief. Even if it feels like it – that’s not the end. To gain new strength, it is good to know more about the emotional chaos that it causes. We help to cope with grief issues individually and stress-free, we clarify, relieve pain and find simple solutions.

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Grief is neither a disease nor a sign of weakness. But on the contrary.  The ability to grieve helps us integrate a painful loss into our life story and stay connected to the lost in a changing form. 

Stages of grief

1st phase of not wanting to admit it  (shock and denial)

This phase can last from a few hours to months. The news of death cannot be understood emotionally. You feel frozen, in shock or react with outbursts of emotion. 

2. Phase of feelings that break out

Feelings of deep despair, fear and helplessness, loneliness, guilt, but also anger towards the deceased and oneself, alternate here. At the same time, massive physical side effects such as restlessness, insomnia, loss of appetite, digestive problems and concentration disorders can occur.
This phase can continue until the person concerned learns to accept death.

3. Phase of slow reorientation

The mourner finds a new kind of relationship with the deceased. Old activities are resumed. He can remember the deceased without great emotional pain and develops a new sense of self-worth.

4. New inner balance

The mourner has found a new meaning in life. A new mental and physical balance is felt. He has developed a positive attitude towards himself, his own abilities and the future.

The individual phases of mourning can overlap, coincide or mix with one another, just as the sequence can be different.
The grief processing is not continuous; there is progress and regression. On birthdays, anniversaries and public holidays in particular, fluctuations in the various feelings often occur.

In order for the wound of loss to heal, each mourner should allow himself to go through these phases.

What is grief counseling?

Means giving you support and tools to deal with your loss. This can be a death (bereavement) or some other significant loss in your life. It is designed to help you in the various stages of grief.

This can help to better understand feelings and to accept grief, to learn to live with the absence of the beloved, to give love a new way of expression, to regain life energy and to realign life. 

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