Grief & Loss

Dealing With The Loss of a Loved One

In Memory of Leon C.

Do you Live in the New York City Five Boro Area?

Do you often feel unable to get out of bed in the mornings? Do you find yourself depressed and lacking interest in things that used to excite you? Are you bored with every day activities? Are you wondering if you will ever be able to move on with your life?
The experience of grief and loss can be an excruciating and desolate journey. At some point or another all of us will experience the anguish of a loved one passing away, diagnosis of a terminal illness such as cancer, a divorce or breakup, a family rift, or the loss of a pet. All of these events cause feelings of grief and loss.
There are many levels to grief and each person processes their grief in a manner that is sui-generis to them.
WE ALL GRIEVE IN WAYS UNIQUELY INDIVIDUAL TO US. There are several books written about the process of grief and each books presents a different palette to grief.

In Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ book, “On Death and Dying” she identifies five stages of grief. These stages include:
Denial (this isn’t happening to me!)
Anger (why is this happening to me?)
Bargaining (I promise I’ll be a better person if…)
Depression (I don’t care anymore)
Acceptance (I’m ready for whatever comes)

To many people their journey with grief is similar to the stages mentioned above, and they find immense consolation in discerning they are in one stage and, with continuance and sustentation, will transition to the next stage, eventually approaching the stage of acceptance.
Then there are some who find that their grief process is more circular in nature. For example, one day they may experience feelings of acceptance with the passing of a loved one, and the next day feelings of depression and detachment.

Dr. Roberta Temes in the book, “Living With An Empty Chair – a guide through grief,” puts forward another view on grieving and loss.
She states that people go through three stages in their grief work.
These 3 stages consists of Numbing, Disorganization, and Reorganization.

As you can see, EVERYBODY GRIEVES IN DIFFERENT WAYS. We will find an approach that will work for you and provide you with a safe place to feel your emotions and work together with you to pick up the shattered pieces and heal.

Wherever you are on your path of grief and loss know that your journey can be impacted tremendously by counseling. We commit to providing you with the safe, supportive, compassionate, and empowering environment to begin your healing process. To learn more about our grief counseling services in Brooklyn or the other Boros please call us today.