Grief is the pain and suffering we experience when we have been bereaved. It has to be experienced to enable healing and acceptance. When bereaved we react emotionally (the grief) and gradually we begin to react cognitively (thoughts) and behaviours. As something or someone has been lost to us, so too a part of who we are has been lost with them. Adaption to grief involves rebuilding your life alongside a changed you. It is a very active and transitional process which may feel chaotic, with one step forwards and two back, rather than being in sequential steps or stages.
How counselling helps
Counselling helps by supporting you through this very difficult transition and helping you to see that your feelings (even anger, guilt and shame) are part of a normal process. Counselling can help you to identify changes and strategies in rebuilding yourself and your life.