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Grief and Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering one feels when something or someone the individual loves is taken away. Grief is also a reaction to any loss. The grief associated... more
Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering one feels when something or someone the individual loves is taken away. Grief is also a reaction to any loss. The grief associated with death is familiar to most people, but individuals grieve in connection with a variety of losses throughout their lives, such as unemployment, ill health or the end of a relationship. Loss can be categorized as either physical or abstract the physical loss being related to something that the individual can touch or measure, such as losing a spouse through death, while other types of loss are abstract, and relate to aspects of a person’s social interactions.
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Questions and Answers

Maggi Horseman
Maggi Horseman
Unconscious material, symbols, and self-knowledge

Your local hospice will have grief support groups and free community counseling available with bereavement counselors who are expects with grief and loss. 

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room. I’m so sorry about the death of your grandfather. Oftentimes, a death can bring up many questions and understanding how to navigate grief can be a confusing and daunting task. There are hospice organizations all over the country. You can try by going to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization website. Also, there are religious organizations that have bereavement groups as well.
Angela Topcu
Angela Topcu
Psychotherapist, specializing in Grief, Anxiety and Self-Esteem

Hello,I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandpa. My suggestion would be to look into community mental health agencies in your area. Sometimes they can offer low-fee counseling. You can also check the hospitals in your area because they may offer free or low-fee bereavement support groups... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Amelia Mora Mars
Amelia Mora Mars
Hi, I'm Amelia. I help overwhelmed, stressed out teen girls and women find peace again.

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. He must have been very special to you and it definitely makes sense that you are having a hard time with it. Counseling may be an option if you have a university near you with a graduate marriage and family therapist program. Graduate students provide... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room. The death of a child is like no other. I am so sorry for you. When a child dies (no matter what the age) it is out of nature’s order. Amongst other things, there are bereavement support groups specifically for parents as well as organizations that are parent grief focused. Many years later if someone is feeling “depressed” as you say, it is called complicated grief. I would highly recommend seeing a therapist who specializes in grief counseling. It’s important to sort through your son’s death and your grief in order to make sense of these feelings. With organizations such as “Compassionate Friends” as well as hospices and houses of religion who offer support groups, you’ll be able to connect with other parents who “get it”.
The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room. You are certainly not alone with this question as I’ve heard it many times. When a woman makes the decision to terminate a pregnancy it is never taken lightly. Whatever your reasons are, you are in control of your body and your decisions. With that said, it is a decision with many mixed emotions and anger is one of them. Most importantly, you need to look at that anger and accept it as it appears you are taking out on others. Seeking counseling after a termination is a very helpful thing to do and following up with the agency or physician would be a good idea to seek referrals. I hope this was helpful.
The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room. It sounds quite overwhelming for you. For starters, you are certainly not alone when it comes to feeling a sense of emptiness after a significant death. We never “get over” the death of a loved one. We learn about the grieving process and developing helpful coping skills in order to process these very complicated emotions. There is a lot of literature out there, for starters. Also, it’s important for you to be able to explore these feelings in a non-judgemental environment. With that said, finding a therapist who specializes in bereavement and an organization (such as a local hospice) who provide support groups will be invaluable for you as you’ll be able to connect with people who have also experienced the death of a loved one.
The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room. A significant death does change us. How could it not? When someone close to you dies, it leaves you with questions and wondering about many different issues related to life and death. Not only are there many books on the topic (which might be of a help for you) but there are therapists who specialize in grief and bereavement issues as well as organizations that have bereavement groups. You might want to check out the website for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization as well as any houses of worship in your community. You can generally find one that offers a support group.
Linda Mullin
Linda Mullin
Kicking anxiety and depression to the curb!

I am sorry to learn of this. You must be extremely frustrated and heartbroken. To begin, he is correct. You have done nothing wrong. This is entirely a coping mechanism in overdrive. It is fear. It is anger. It is extreme sadness. It is feelings of abandonment. It is intense emotional pain... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide.   If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Linda Mullin
Linda Mullin
Kicking anxiety and depression to the curb!

It's good to know you are reminiscing about good memories. The sadness and crying is normal when you are missing a loved one. You are noticing that grief changes, it doesn't just stop. You have recognized that there will be moments in life that you will want to have shared with your brother and... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide.   If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.