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Grief counselling focuses on working through the grieving process related to a major loss. Grief counselling is also called bereavement counselling. The term "bereavement" usually is used only when referring to the loss of a person through death.
Grief counselling may include:
In grief counselling, people are taught about grief, including expected feelings and thoughts. They are also taught how to tell the difference between grieving and other conditions, such as depression, that can develop from grieving.
People may be encouraged in grief counselling to express all their feelings, whatever they may be. Sometimes people who are having trouble expressing their feelings are encouraged to talk about their loss or to use other means of expressing themselves. For example, a grieving person may be asked to speak with the lost person as though they were there.
Other techniques that may help people express their feelings include writing letters about their loss or writing to the lost person, looking at photos and remembering the lost loved one or object, or visiting the grave of a loved one who has died.
During grief counselling, people are taught how to develop a new sense of self after a loss. For example:
Current as of: March 27, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Jean S. Kutner MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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