Debunking the Myths & Exploring Grief Therapy
Grief is a natural and normal response to loss, and it is a process that every person will experience at some point in their life.
However, there are many myths surrounding grief that can create unnecessary fear and stigma around this normal human experience. Let’s explore some common myths about grief and learn how grief therapy can be a support as you heal from loss.
Grief should be resolved
in a specific time frame
One common myth about grief is that it should be resolved within a certain amount of time, such as a year or two. However, grief is a highly individual process, and it is not uncommon for people to experience grief for much longer periods of time. It is important to remember that there is no “normal” timeline for grief, and that it is okay to take as much time as you need to heal and move through the grieving process.
Myth #2: It is Best to Suppress or Ignore Your Grief
Another myth about grief is that it is best to suppress or ignore your feelings to move on. However, research has shown that ignoring or suppressing grief can prolong the grieving process (Stroebe, Gerritsen, & Stroebe, 2002). It is important to allow yourself to feel and express your grief, as this can be an important part of the healing process.
Myth #3: Grief Therapy is Only for Those Who are "Having Trouble Coping"
Grief therapy is often thought of as only necessary for those struggling to cope with their loss. However, grief therapy can be beneficial for anyone who is experiencing grief, regardless of whether or not they are having difficulty coping. Grief therapy can provide a safe and supportive space to process and work through the complex emotions associated with loss.
Myth #4: Grief is Just Sadness & Anger
Grief can bring about a wide range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and even happiness. It is not uncommon for people to feel a range of emotions during the grieving process, and it is important to allow yourself to experience and express these emotions as they arise.
Benefits of Grief Therapy
Grief therapy can be a helpful resource for those who are struggling with grief. It can provide a safe and supportive space to process and work through the complex emotions associated with loss. Some of the benefits of grief therapy include:
In conclusion, grief is a natural and normal response to loss, and it is important to remember that there is no “normal” timeline for grief. Grief therapy can be a helpful resource for those who are struggling with grief, and it can provide a safe and supportive space to process and work through the complex emotions associated with loss.
If you are experiencing grief and are interested in seeking therapy, it is important to find a therapist who is trained in grief counseling. It is also important to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and who you feel can provide the support and guidance that you need. Click here to meet our grief specialist, Kristin Justice, LAC or click here to read more posts about grief, counseling and the journey towards healing
References: Stroebe, M., Gerritsen, J., & Stroebe, W. (2002). On the dual process model of coping with bereavement: The role of instrumental and intuitive coping strategies. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 45(1), 1-14.
Meet our Grief Specialist
Kristin specializes in treating grief & loss. She brings compassion, empathy, and understanding into each therapy session & is here to help you navigate the healing process.