Grief Recovery

At Core Recovery we understand that throughout their lifespan, individuals will encounter many losses and as a result often experience grief. Grief can be the result of a loss of a person through death, abandonment, divorce, or any other situation where a relationship ends or changes. Grief may also be experiences with changes in employment, socioeconomic status, health issues, relocation, or any other event that is significant to the person experiencing the loss.
Our counselors understand the grief process and recognize the fact that there is no formula or “right way” to grieve. We use an individualized approach in the treatment of our clients to help facilitate this experience. Our approach is warm and caring, providing a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere for our clients.
In addition to individual therapy to address unresolved grief and loss, Core Recovery also offers Grief Recovery Groups and Workshops.

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Symptoms

One way to describe grief is in five stages. These reactions might not occur in a specific order, and can occur together. Not everyone experiences all of these emotions:

  • Denial, disbelief, numbness
  • Anger, blaming others
  • Bargaining (for instance, “If I am cured of this cancer, I will never smoke again.”)
  • Depressed mood, sadness, and crying
  • Acceptance, coming to terms

People who are grieving may have crying spells, trouble sleeping, and lack of productivity at work.

Causes

Grief may be triggered by the death of a loved one. People also can experience grief if they have an illness for which there is no cure, or a chronic condition that affects their quality of life. The end of a significant relationship may also cause grieving.

Everyone feels grief in their own way. But there are common stages to the process of mourning. It starts with recognizing a loss and continues until a person eventually accepts that loss.

People’s responses to grief will be different, depending on the circumstances of the death. For example, if the person who died had a chronic illness, the death may have been expected. The end of the person’s suffering might even have come as a relief. If the death was accidental or violent, coming to a stage of acceptance might take longer.