A â€śtune-upâ€ť may be necessary every now and then. Stresses tend to accumulate at times. When one area of your life seems to be smoothing out, another may knock you down. When grief is in the middle of it all, it may seem like simply too much to bear. Thatâ€™s very understandable.
Alive Hospice’s grief counselorsÂ offer both individual counseling and quarterly support groups. Many folks take advantage of both services. Grief is not “one size fits all.â€ť
Sometimes what works is to have a few individual sessions, then move into a group. Some folks may attend a group, then come in for a counseling session or two. Many individuals may benefit from a handful of counseling sessions while others need a weekly visit to a grief counselor for a year or more.
Often folks do quite well for a time then need a â€śtune-up.” No matter how much counseling one receives, itâ€™s very possible (and even likely) to hit a bump in the road. When this happens, itâ€™s okay to come in and have a session or two to get systems back in working order!
All of us grief counselors probably hear ourselves say repeatedly, â€śGrief is individual. Thereâ€™s no right way or wrong way to grieve.â€ť And thereâ€™s no particular time frame that works for everyone either. Since difficult things in life may come up in non-grief-related areas, what feels like a good period can quickly change into an â€śI canâ€™t handle any moreâ€ť kind of period.
Thereâ€™s no need for an apology for needing some help along the route to healing from the loss of a loved one. Itâ€™s a wonderful opportunity to allow others to reach out to you, when you have probably lent a hand when others are having a difficult time. Weâ€™re all in this life thing together!
Having a relationship with a grief counselor is a great opportunity to pick up the phone and say, â€śCan I come in for a session or two?â€ť Of course. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re here. And you may be amazed. Whereas you may have come in for 6-8 sessions before, this time 1-2 might suffice. And if you need more, itâ€™s absolutely no problem.
Weâ€™re here to help.
Ruth Williams is a counselor with Alive Grief Support Services, the bereavement support program of Alive Hospice. To reach Alive Grief Support Services, call 615-963-4732 or click here.