Grief and Loss Counselling in Calgary

At Curio Counselling in Calgary, we offer empathetic grief counselling to support you through loss and life transitions. Our tailored services provide guidance and solace as you navigate this challenging journey. Whether you’re mourning the loss of a loved one or cherished pet, we’re here for you.

Understanding Grief

Grief is a natural response to loss, encompassing a broad spectrum of emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations.

 

While commonly associated with the death of a loved one, grief can also be triggered by other significant losses, such as divorce, job loss, or the end of a relationship.

 

Each individual experiences grief differently, and there is no prescribed formula for grieving.

 

During the grieving process, you may encounter a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. These feelings can fluctuate unpredictably, waxing and waning over time.

 

Additionally, grief can manifest physically, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and digestive issues.

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When to Seek Grief Counselling

While grief is a natural aspect of the human experience, it’s crucial to recognize when your grief becomes overwhelming or impedes your ability to function.

 

If you find yourself struggling to cope with your emotions, experiencing persistent sadness or anxiety, or feeling isolated and disconnected from others, it may be time to seek professional support.

 

At Curio Counselling, we believe that no one should navigate their grief journey alone. Our grief counselling services provide a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your emotions, process your thoughts and feelings, and develop healthy coping strategies for moving forward.

The Different Types of Grief Counselling

There are various approaches to grief counselling, and the most suitable approach for you will depend on your individual circumstances and preferences. Our experienced grief counsellors will collaborate with you to determine the most appropriate approach for your unique situation and provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate your grief journey. Some common types of grief counselling include:

  • Individual counselling: One-on-one sessions with a trained therapist to explore your grief and develop personalized coping strategies.
  • Group therapy: Participating in a support group with others who are also grieving can provide a sense of community and understanding.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This therapeutic approach focuses on identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts and behaviors related to grief.
  • Narrative therapy: A narrative approach to grief therapy provides the opportunity to externalize grief and reconstruct meaning in the face of loss.

Understanding Unresolved Grief

Unresolved grief, also known as persistent complex bereavement disorder, occurs when someone experiences prolonged and intense feelings of sadness and longing following a loss.

 

Individuals with unresolved grief may struggle to accept the reality of the loss, experience persistent anxiety or depression, and have difficulty engaging in daily activities.

 

If you’re experiencing unresolved grief, it’s essential to seek support from a qualified therapist who can help you process your emotions, work through your grief, and find ways to integrate your grief in meaningful ways.

The Impact of Untreated Grief

Unchecked or untreated grief can have significant consequences for your emotional, physical, and mental well-being.

 

Untreated grief may lead to chronic stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. It can also impact your relationships, work performance, and overall quality of life.

 

By seeking grief counselling and addressing your grief in a healthy and constructive manner, you can reduce the risk of long-term complications and find healing and peace amidst the pain of loss.

What to Expect During Grief Counselling

During your grief counselling sessions, you can expect to work collaboratively with your therapist to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to your loss. Your therapist will provide you with a safe and non-judgmental space to express yourself and process your emotions at your own pace.

 

Your therapist may use a variety of therapeutic techniques to help you navigate your grief, including talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness exercises, and relaxation techniques. Together, you will identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs about your loss, develop healthy coping strategies, and work towards finding meaning and acceptance in the midst of your grief.

Additional Resources for Grief Support

In addition to individual grief counselling, there are many other resources available to support you on your grief journey.

 

These may include support groups, online forums, self-help books, and community resources.

 

Your therapist can provide you with recommendations and referrals to additional resources that may be helpful for you.

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Taking the First Step Towards Healing

If you’re struggling to cope with the pain of loss and grief, you don’t have to face it alone.

 

The compassionate team at Curio Counselling is here to provide you with the support, guidance, and understanding you need to navigate your grief journey and find healing and peace.

 

Schedule a consultation and take the first step towards healing. Your journey towards healing begins here.

Book a Free,
20 Minute Consultation

Whether you are considering accessing counselling services for the first time, or hoping to find a therapist who is new to you, we want to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.

 

That is why we offer a free, no-obligation, 20-minute phone or video consultation with the Calgary therapist of your choice.

References & Further Reading

Center for Loss (n.d.). Grief and mourning basics. https://www.centerforloss.com/grief/grief-mourning-basics/

 

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (n.d.). Coping with loss and grief. https://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/coping-with-loss-and-grief

 

Cherry, K. (2022, May 12). What is bereavement? Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/bereavement-definition-symptoms-causes-traits-treatment-5197038

 

Wolfelt, A. D. (2013). Understanding your grief: Helping yourself heal. Routledge.