Grief Counseling

Grief counseling helps mourners with uncomplicated grief go through the phases of grief. Grief counseling can be provided by professionally trained people, or in self-help groups where bereaved people help other bereaved people. All of these services may be available in individual or group settings.

The goals of grief counseling include:

  • Helping the bereaved to accept the loss by helping him or her to talk about the loss
  • Helping the bereaved to identify and express feelings related to the loss (for example, anger, guilt, anxiety, helplessness, and sadness)
  • Helping the bereaved to live without the person who died and to make decisions alone
  • Helping the bereaved to separate emotionally from the person who died and to begin new relationships
  • Providing support and time to focus on grieving at important times such as birthdays and anniversaries
  • Describing normal grieving and the differences in grieving among individuals
  • Providing support
  • Helping the bereaved to understand his or her methods of coping
  • Identifying coping problems the bereaved may have and making recommendations for professional grief therapy

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