Surviving Grief and Loss

 

Grief and loss, whether from the death of a loved one, divorce or other great loss, can be overwhelming emotionally and often come with the need to make immediate decisions.  You find yourself “stuck” trying to hold it together emotionally and, at the same time, think through important decisions.  This is all the more difficult if you were the dependent of your loved one.  Children have a tough time because they don’t have the skills to cope with loss.  They may be unable to fully understand their loss or feelings of grief.

Stress, anxiety, deep depression, problems with sleeping, loneliness and substance abuse are some of the issues that may arise.  You may also, surprisingly, experience less social support.  People around you may be lost in their own grief, have fears about death or don’t know how to support you.

You don’t have to go through grief and loss alone.  A therapist can help using an evidence-based approach such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  The therapist can help you sort out the feelings you’re having right now, help you build coping skills and break down into small steps what seems completely overwhelming.  For young children, a therapist will typically use play or sand therapy to help a child communicate their feelings through play.  Knowing what your child is truly feeling will help you provide your child the support needed.

To learn more about therapy for grief and loss or to make an appointment, call or text (801) 872-5516.

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Sarah Augustus