Bereavement or grief is something we all experience at some point in our lives. The experience of loss is universal but the grieving process is unique for everyone.
Life turning upside down, a planned or unplanned ending, the struggle with a new beginning, the shock of a sudden change, the impossibility of going back to how it was: every loss needs to be acknowledged, processed and integrated in order to be able to move forward.
When you are experiencing grief and you are struggling to come to terms with loss, all other aspects of life and relationships come under pressure.
Leone Centre bereavement counselling London can help through all stages of grieving, so that you can understand your responses when immersed in and overwhelmed with grief. We offer support and work with all losses: a loved person, a treasured pet, a relationship, home, the loss and complexities of moving countries, fertility and the loss of wealth and health.
Grieving is a process in a transitional period; it can last a very long time when it is suppressed or avoided due to being too painful or overwhelming. Bereavement and loss can be devastating, numbing, difficult, emotional and sometimes erratic or impulsive. Many turn inwards and feel isolated during grief, struggling with blame, guilt, regrets and missed opportunities.
Many experience symptoms of grief or bereavement that can be misunderstood or misinterpreted by others. These include but are not limited to:
- Isolation and Loneliness
- Angry outbursts
- Lack of appetite
When attended to and worked through, bereavement or loss can help coming to terms with existential realities like the fragility of life and the value and importance of making the most of life and relationships.
Although bereavement and grief are not positive experiences, Leone Centre bereavement counselling in London can ultimately help to process, reframe and positively reconstruct a new narrative. At the Leone Centre, our counsellors will listen unconditionally and give all the time and attention that your loss needs.
What is Grief and what is Bereavement?
Bereavement and grief can manifest in different ways. Often, grief is how we describe the process of coming to terms with losing a loved one, but we can experience grief when we feel the emotional loss of anything in our lives, from the loss of a partner, pet, friendship to a miscarriage and fertility concerns or divorce.
Grief is not just simple ‘sadness’ that needs to fade as soon as possible. Bereavement counselling London will help understanding that grief is a process that needs attending to with respect, patience and attention. Leone Centre’s bereavement counselling London can support individuals or couples with loss. grief and bereavement at every stage of their journey.
There is no ‘right way’ or correct timeframe to process loss and everyone will have a different reaction. Whilst the 7 stages of grief are widely recognised, the landscape of loss and grief is extremely complex. Many people feel a numbness and withdraw from those around them and others might become more reactive and anxious.
Sometimes grief is experienced in waves and at differing times, it can feel extremely overwhelming and consuming. Bereavement counselling London will help individuals understand their emotional response to loss.
Getting Grief Help
All those who have experienced a loss can benefit from bereavement counselling London.
Feel welcome to get in contact with Leone Centre London for an initial appointment and assessment at our Fulham and Putney locations, easily reachable from Chelsea, Wimbledon, Victoria, Belgravia and Battersea.
Bereavement is an extremely sensitive time, but our qualified and experienced associates will listen attentively and unconditionally supporting and helping you to manage and process your experience.
Bereavement counselling London can help at any stage of grieving. It is not uncommon for people to come to counselling a year after their loss. There is not a universal or right time scale for grief. it is important that individuals do not compare their grief with those around them who might be pressuring to ‘keep up’ or ‘get back to normal.
Get in contact with Leone Centre if you feel you are struggling to cope with your daily life in the same way or if you are experiencing anxiety or irrational fears or phobias as a result of the trauma of loss.
The Leone Centre counsellors and psychotherapists will work with couples or marriage counselling after of the loss of a child or a loved one.
Bereavement is also part of the process when a couple works with us at Leone Centre London for divorce counselling. Alternatively, relationship counselling can help reconnecting and rebuilding relationships that may have been impacted as a result of the struggles with loss and grief.
Get in touch with the team at Leone Centre for an initial consultation or more information.