Losing a parent is something that profoundly affects the rest of your life. Regardless of the relationship you had with your parent, the loss of your mother or father can take a significant toll on your emotional well-being. The mourning process is one that doesn’t have a time frame. Talking to someone or attending grief counseling can be very beneficial to those who are mourning the loss of a parent.Although most of us go through the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), everyone grieves differently, and grief counseling is a great tool that can help you navigate your loss. Through grief counseling, you will learn to focus on specific aspects of your life and regain a sense of normalcy that was lost with the passing of a parent. In counseling, you learn to:
- Create strategies to help you cope with the loss of your parent.
- Come to terms with your loss.
- Understand the grieving process and find comfort in that how you’re feeling is normal.
- Create a safe environment for you to work through your loss.
In counseling you will learn to separate your grief. It’s important to distinguish grief from the trauma of a loss. Oftentimes we get so caught up in the act of our loved one passing that we don’t allow ourselves to start the natural grieving process. Guilt is another common problem in grieving. Individuals may feel guilty about things they did or didn’t do before their parent passed away. Learning how to let go of guilt you might be carrying can help you cope with your significant loss.If you live in Central Florida and you have lost a parent or a loved one, TTHI Counselors are here to help you in your time of need. Feel free to call us with any questions you might have at 407-892-5700.