The Mourning Process

 Grief manifests on many levels.  Some symptoms might include; physical pain, difficulties breathing, lethargy, hallucinations, obsessive thoughts and a decrease in appetite as well as insomnia.

Bereavement is a universal phenomenon.  However, each person’s experience of grief is unique.

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Mourning is the process that occurs following the death of a person, animal or thing that we love or even the loss or breakdown of a relationship. Some people move through the tasks of mourning seamlessly yet others get stuck in a stage of mourning. For those who get stuck in mourning, grief turned inwards may turn to depression.    

My role in helping you through this is to:

  • Normalise the mourning process
  • Provide a space in which you can speak the unspeakable thoughts and explore feelings and issues that are overwhelming, in a truly authentic way without feeling judged
  • Resolve remaining conflicts
  • Help you to adjust to a new world with out your loved one and re-evaluate your sense of self
  • Help you to find a way to maintain a tie with your loved one as you move on with your life
  • Appraise if mourning has turned into depression


It is also useful to remember that the feelings of loss occur in many other areas of our lives as well.  Although, traditionally, we tend to link grief to bereavement we also experience these feelings when we lose our sense of self identity through redundancy or major transitions in our lives such as a move, sudden disability, separation or divorce.
Having a place to talk about your loss without feeling like a burden makes it easier to move through mourning as inhibiting grief prolongs the process.