Grief, Bereavement and Loss

Only those who avoid love can avoid grief. The point is to learn from grief and remain vulnerable to love

John Brantner

Grief, Loss and Bereavement

To begin, it is important for us to understand the differences between the terms “grief/grieving” and “bereavement”. Grief is our experience following a loss of any kind (for example a relationship, status, house, job, income, game, etc), whereas bereavement is a specific type of grief related to someone’s death. I find that grief, bereavement and loss are powerful experiences that forever change our lives. Grief is a strong emotion that we all eventually face over the course of our lives.

Any loss can cause grief including

To begin, it is important for us to understand the differences between the terms “grief/grieving” and “bereavement”. Grief is our experience following a loss of any kind (for example a relationship, status, house, job, income, game, etc), whereas bereavement is a specific type of grief related to someone’s death. I find that grief, bereavement and loss are powerful experiences that forever change our lives.  Grief is a strong emotion that we all eventually face over the course of our lives.

While there is no right or wrong way to grieve a loss, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain. If grief is expressed and experienced as a potential for healing, it can eventually strengthen and enrich our lives. When you are grieving, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself. The anxiety of a major loss can quickly deplete your emotional reserves and energy. Therefore, looking after your physical and emotional needs, will help you get through this difficult time.

During therapy, you will be encouraged to

Contact a grief counselor or professional therapist if you

Grief

Abortion

Have you had an abortion and feel like you have not emotionally recovered from it? Are you unsure about how to deal with your grief and how to recover from an abortion? If your answer is “yes,” know you are not alone. Countless women have the same experience and have never been able to work through the recovery process by themselves.

Abortion choices can create a situation of disenfranchised grief.  Disenfranchised grief is the experience by an individual that grieves in ‘silence’.  In other words the individual’s grief is not openly acknowledged, publically observed or socially validated.  Thus, even though the loss experienced is real, survivors are not given the “right to grieve” by anyone around them.   As a result, a common effect of this experience is depression, which manifests itself in small periods of sadness or a more full-blown period of depression.  Unprocessed grief can also cause people to linger in anger without even realizing the source of their anger.  It is commonly observed that individuals fail to notice the connection between their depression and unprocessed grief surrounding an abortion.  Furthermore, this could lead to substance abuse and eating disordered behaviors.