Grief is one of the most painful emotions a person can experience. We grieve for many reasons, such as the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or the loss of a beloved pet. Grief counseling offers support and validation to survivors during their time of bereavement. Therapy allows the bereaved to explore and process their distress and confusion. Loneliness and isolation are common feelings after a loss, and the support of family and friends is invaluable. At Christie Jones Counseling, we believe that talking about a loss is the most productive way of managing it so that the memories of our loved ones are welcomed and beautiful, not haunting.
It’s important to realize that everyone’s grief is personal. Different people grieve in different way. Some might feel overwhelming sadness and despair, while others might express their grief through artistic pursuits or other activities. Others seek solace through their spirituality and the promise of seeing their loved ones again someday. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to grieving.
A grief counselor’s purpose is to give you someone who will listen with compassion and sympathy. They can offer an outsider’s perspective and help you recognize when your grief is overtaking your life. Together, you can develop healthy coping skills to help you live a fulfilling life while remembering your lost loved one with reverence.
Symptoms of Grief
While everyone grieves in their own way, there are some symptoms that are commonly found among the bereaved. These include:
- Anger: You might feel angry about losing your loved one or about how others try to console you.
- Anxiety: You could feel constantly nervous and on edge.
- Apathy: Some people have trouble caring about anything during their period of grief.
- Disbelief: You might not believe the tragedy is real, especially if the loss was sudden and unexpected.
- Emptiness: You might feel like you have no purpose.
- Exhaustion: Mental and physical fatigue are common grief symptoms.
- Fear: You could feel increased fear about your future or about your own mortality.
- Guilt: You might experience survivors’ guilt or wonder if you could have somehow prevented the loss.
- Isolation: Some bereaved individuals withdraw from their friends and family.
- Loneliness: This is especially common after losing someone who has been in your life for a long time.
- Numbness: You might not feel any emotion at all.
- Relief: This is common after the loss of a loved one who experienced pain and suffering.
- Sadness: Perhaps the most common symptom of grief, sadness is a natural reaction to loss.
- Sleep Changes: You could experience insomnia, nightmares, or excessive sleep.
These symptoms, and many others, are totally normal following a loss. Grief symptoms and durations are intensely personal. Problems arise when the grief keeps a person from functioning in their daily life, causes them to consider harming themselves, or causes a decrease in their quality of life. In those circumstances, grief counseling can be of great benefit.
When to Seek Help
If you experience the following symptoms, please call us right away so we can begin the healing process together. If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or others, please call 911.
- Thoughts of Self-Harm or Suicide
- Prolonged Depression
- Panic Attacks
- Intrusive Thoughts
- Uncontrollable Anger
- Feeling Worthless or Hopeless
- Substance Abuse
- Inability to Complete Daily Tasks
- Multiple Losses
- Frequent Nightmares
- Lack of Support
- Unexplained Illnesses
Some of these symptoms can be normal reactions early in the grieving process, but if they persist and interfere with your daily life, a grief counselor can help you redirect your feelings to a more positive path. It’s crucial to have support in times of crisis. Christie Jones Counseling will become an active part of your support network.
Grief in Children
Children sometimes manifest their grief differently from adults. Young children might not understand the permanence of death and might believe they can still see or talk to the deceased. Older children might experience a drop in grades, regressive behaviors, a fear of being left alone, or excessive worry over the safety of their other loved ones. It’s important to let them grieve in their own way and to seek help when needed.
Christie is a group facilitator at the WARM (What About Remembering ME) Place. The WARM Place is a center for grieving children located at:
809 Lipscomb St, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Christie Jones Counseling: A Safe Place to Heal
At Christie Jones Counseling, every session takes place in a safe and confidential setting that promotes healing while you advance down the path to recovery. We offer guidance in troubled times, grief and trauma counseling, relationship counseling, and much more.
Our office is located in Fort Worth, TX, but we serve the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas. Call us today to begin your healing journey.