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What to expect: Therapy for grief and loss does not always have to be about the death of a loved one. Individuals, couples, and families can engage in therapy for grief and loss to address all kinds of losses: emotional, physical, material, relational, and much more. When beginning therapy to address loss and grief, the initial session will focus on the loss, it's meaning to you, and how it has impacted you. The loss will be considered in the broader context of your personal history and your current life. 

Loss is part of life. Loss of a loved one through death or separation. Loss of a relationship. Loss of a way of life. Loss of a job or career. Loss of health or independence. Loss of a dream. Losses can come suddenly or with the knowledge that this was coming for a longer period of time. Someone affected by loss and grief might feel sad, angry, guilty, confused, or even numb. All of these difficult emotions are normal and understandable reactions to the loss of someone or something important. 


Common issues addressed in grief and loss therapy are:

  • The mixed emotions experienced by those affected by the loss 

  • What the loss means for that person

  • Coping strategies that have been tried

  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or responsibility related to the loss

Going through grief and loss therapy, you can expect to:

  • Learn skills to help you cope with the difficult feelings that come with loss

  • Understand that grief is not a linear process

  • Expand your range of helpful coping skills and leave behind ways of coping that have not helped

  • Understand that all emotions are normal and healthy aspects of being human

It is never too early, or too late, to address your grief and loss through therapy!


Call us now to book a 15-minute free consultation, or to schedule your first appointment with our Grief and Loss therapist, Jennifer Polizzi.

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