The loss of a family member, close friend or companion animal can be one of the saddest and most challenging events that any of us face.
No two people grieve in the same way, which can cause us to feel ‘unusual’ and lead to feelings of isolation and shame, or that there is something ‘wrong’ with us. Some people feel overwhelmed by grief and sadness, others feel angry or rejected, some feel lonely and bereft while another feels cold, bitter and emotionless – to make it more confusing, many will experience several or all of these things at different times.
Feelings of loss do not only have to be in response to a bereavement. Similar feelings can come with the loss of other relationships – e.g., loss of job, social status, youth, physical ability or a relationship. At Just Minded we can help you come to terms with your loss(es) through person-centred and existential bereavement work, which focuses on providing a wholly accepting, empathetic and understanding environment in which to openly express how you feel. There is little focus on doing things to resolve the grief, with sessions given over to telling your story and finding meaning in your experiences.