Grief and Depression
When you lose someone important to you or suffer another significant loss, it can feel devastating. Yet grief can also signal the transition into a new phase of your life. Grief can also be a normal reaction to other big changes in life like divorce, moving to a new place, retiring, or changing jobs. It can knock you off balance and make you feel confused and lonely. Loss is a normal part of life, but sometimes it can get complicated by things outside our control. When it gets complicated, it can really bog down your life.
Complicated loss often accompanies death, but did you know that traumatic loss does not always just mean losing someone to death? While people often develop prolonged or traumatic grief from losing someone you love to murder, suicide and fatal overdoses, there are other potential causes.
You could develop complicated grief from a family member going into foster care or juvenile detention, or from being rejected because of your gender identity or sexual preference. You could lose your sense of safety by being bullied at school or work. Grief might also result from losing your career, marriage, health, or home. There are many ways you could develop traumatic stress, complicated grief, depression or anxiety.
Especially in times of turmoil in global and personal affairs, it can feel like a punch to the gut. Relationships can be hard to re-establish too. I can provide support and useful information to make the transition less painful and to bring meaning to your loss.