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What is Grief?

Grief is the emotional response to loss. It includes distressed feelings and disorganised behaviours. It requires reorganisation on both emotional and cognitive levels. It takes time for grieving people to accept their loss and it is important they allow themselves time to grieve. It is during these times a grieving person must take special care of themselves, encouraging support from their family and friends to aid in recovery and healing.

A persons sense of loss can relate to many different life situations not associated with the death of a loved one, for example the end of a relationship or the loss of a job. When such situations occur we experience an ending, a transitional change and a sense of loss. The grief process which follows these forms of major loss, are no less real than that which follows a death. Therefore the application of counselling skills and methodology relating to grief and mourning, work in the same way as they do with those experiencing grief due to death.

Learning to cope with grief is difficult as no two people grieve in the same way. Everyone has different coping mechanisms depending upon variables such as personality, religion, gender, age, culture, and life experience.

Following a death or major loss you may feel as though you can’t go on, you may behave in ways foreign to you. Be aware that the effects and different stages of grief are often emotionally powerful, physically strong, psychologically trying and spiritually challenging.

Always keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to grieve and there is no set time limit to the grieving process. It is a very unique and personal journey in learning to accept the reality of the loss by working through the pain and adjusting to a new environment.



The effects of grief:

  • Shock and Disbelief
  • Overwhelming Sadness
  • Physical Sickness
  • Anger and Frustration
  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Vulnerability and Hopelessness
  • Anxiousness and Exhaustion
  • Depression and Emptiness