There are so many forms and emotions of grief. Whatever your experience, know that you are likely experiencing something very normal.
Some people grieve in an emotional, visceral way. Some people grief in what is called an "instrumental" way, which is more about doing and acting than about tears. There is no wrong way to grieve.
You may be surprised by the different feelings that arise. Anger, guilt, relief are all natural emotions that accompany feelings of loss and sadness.
While it is true that most people who are grieving will process their grief and come through the other side adjusted to their new normal, some know that part of their healing is the sharing of their story. You are welcome to enter my space and tell me about who you loved.
You may need help if you are experiencing challenges with your loss such as intense feelings that have been interfering with your functioning, or pressure from family to "complete a stage" of grief, or grieve in a way that is accepted by society.
Children and Teens and Grief
Children and Teens who are grieving have some unique characteristics. Younger children may recycle often through repeated questions and processing, and address the death in a blunt and open manner which may be shocking to adults. Older children and teens may withdraw, or lose themselves in activities that may make you wonder if they are processing the loss. Be gentle and honest with them, and allow each to grieve in each individual's unique way. Ultimately their grief is not wholly unlike our own, and in most cases they too will adjust to their loss.
Counselling for Children and Teens
Hospice Calgary are the city wide experts on grieving children and teens. The death does not need to be associated with a hospice. If you would like to seek counselling for your child or teenager you can contact them at: 403-263-4525
What's Your Grief?
A website dedicated to grief in all it's forms and expressions.