Counseling and Therapy
Living after Loss — The First Year
Loss is never easy. You may be grappling with the loss of a spouse, parent, or sibling. Or you may be dealing with end of a relationship through divorce. The passing of a special pet can be a hard loss, too. The first year of life after profound loss means learning to navigate holidays, anniversaries, and other special days without the presence of your loved one.
Are you doing well, or are you living numbly? Are people expecting you to “get over it”?
Memories are sweet but achingly painful, especially the first year after loss. I will help you to embrace and remember your loved one while starting to integrate your loss and find a way to move into your new life.
Here’s what you get:
- In-person meetings — We’ll meet twice a month (60-minute sessions) for 12 months. Here is where you find hope and healing support as you go through the year. We’ll share stories of love, loss, and grief, learn skills to cope with loneliness, and how to handle well-meaning but unsupportive comments from family and friends.
- Identity Check-in — Loss means nothing in life is the same as you move forward. You may be confused about who you are now. This is a time to rediscover who you are, to become reacquainted with your identity. As appropriate, I’ll take your through various tools such as, My Life Review and Values Re-Alignment, among others.
- Art therapy — Opportunities for a creative aspect will be offered throughout the year based on your need and style. Options may include Soul Journaling, Art Journaling, hand stitching a memorial cloth, bookmaking, doodling, etc.
- Mindfulness Practice Tips — Applying mindfulness techniques promotes emotional wellness; It really helps to regulate emotions. Intentional living, meditation, and breathing exercises are some activities that lower stress, worry, and anger, as well as increase resilience. I will help you develop a mindfulness practice if it is new to you, or help you renew your commitment to your existing mindfulness practice.