Grief & Loss Counselling

Grief & Loss Counselling

Grief is a normal and natural reaction to loss. It can be triggered by other significant life changes. Grief is often described as a process, consisting of stages such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. However, it is important to remember that everyone experiences grief differently. Some people may move through the stages quickly, while others may move back and forth or even get stuck in a particular stage.

At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, we understand that experiencing loss can be an incredibly challenging and painful journey. We believe that everyone deserves a safe and supportive space to honour their grief and begin the healing process.

Our compassionate team of counsellors are here to walk alongside you on this journey, offering a range of therapeutic techniques and resources to support your unique needs. We create a confidential and non-judgmental space where you can freely express your feelings, thoughts, and emotions related to your loss.

Our approach focuses on exploring the resources around and within you to find the tools and techniques that will help you find peace and healing. Whether it’s through talking therapy, or other modalities, we will work together to find the best path forward for you.

Common Symptoms of Complicated Grief

Complicated grief is a condition that can occur after the loss of a loved one and is characterized by persistent and intense feelings of grief that don’t seem to diminish over time. Here are some common symptoms of complicated grief:

  • Excessive preoccupation with the deceased or the details surrounding their death.
  • A persistent sense of longing or yearning for the deceased.
  • Difficulty comprehending or coming to terms with the loss.
    Guilt and excessive self-blame.
  • Avoidance of anything that might remind the person of their loss.
  • Belief that life is meaningless without the deceased.
  • Grief that persists for an extended period, such as more than a year.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we are here to support you. To start your counselling journey, contact us today.

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How Can Counselling Help with Complicated Grief?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing, but there are some general steps that can be helpful. First, it is important to allow yourself to feel the full range of emotions associated with grief. Suppressing or denying your feelings will only prolong the process of healing. It is also important to find the right therapist to help you work through those emotions.

The existence of a caring and attuned therapist creates a safe and supportive space for you to openly express your thoughts and feelings related to the loss. In addition, the therapist helps you to develop a new understanding of yourself in relation to the loss, which can help to ease the process of grief. 

 At Lotus Therapy & Counselling Centre, we strive to create a safe and compassionate oasis for anyone experiencing loss. Our mission is to support and empower you to find healing and peace amidst the pain and challenges of grief. 

Book A Complementary Consultation With One Of Our Grief Counsellors Today. We Look Forward To Hearing From You

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Resources for Clients:

Compassionate Friends of Canada
International self-help organization for parents who have experienced the death of a child.

Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society
Group grief support.

BC Bereavement Helpline
Telephone support, info/referral