Find Comfort and Support with Grief Coaching
Grieving a Loss Without a Map
Navigating the journey of grief is like embarking on an unfamiliar path without a guide. It can feel overwhelming as if you’ve entered a foreign land without understanding the language.
In the past, our ancestors had rituals and traditions to help them through the process of mourning, but in today’s society, we lack the knowledge and support to cope with loss.
Bereavement, mourning, and grieving are integral parts of this journey toward healing. It is normal to feel a range of emotions after losing someone you love, and it’s important to express your grief outwardly through mourning.
Grieving, on the other hand, is the internal turmoil of thoughts, feelings, and emotions associated with the loss. It might not always be visible to others, making communication challenging.
Remember, grieving is a natural response to death and the secondary losses that come with it. Give yourself permission to go through this process and seek support when needed.
The Anatomy & Physiology of Grief
In your mind you know grieving a loss is painful, you’re just not prepared for the pain or overwhelming emotions that can feel unbearable besides turning your life upside down.
Grieving a Loss is hard work because grief isn’t just about emotions there are other areas involved as well.
Having a nursing background I like to think of grief as a collection of these 5 areas that I’ve termed the Anatomy & Physiology of Grief and addresses directly to your experience during this challenging time.
I’ve added a Bonus one to the list
Grief affects the Mind. In the realm of psychology, we understand that grief is not just about sadness. It’s a rollercoaster of thoughts and emotions that can leave you feeling overwhelmed. It’s like having a never-ending loop of memories, regrets, and what-ifs playing in your mind, constantly pulling at your heart.
Grief doesn’t just affect your mental state, it takes a toll on your physical well-being too. You may feel completely drained as if all your energy has been sucked out. It’s common to experience physical symptoms like a heavy chest, difficulty breathing, and even stomach troubles. Sleep becomes elusive, leaving you feeling exhausted and fragile as well as not eating.
And then there’s the spiritual aspect of grief. It’s a time when your faith, beliefs, and sense of purpose are put to the test. You might find yourself questioning everything, wondering why this had to happen and searching for meaning amidst the pain. It’s okay to feel angry, confused and lost. Your journey through grief will involve rediscovering your spirit and finding solace in what brings you comfort.
Grief can also be isolating socially. While others may try to empathize, it can feel like they don’t truly understand the depth of your pain. Sometimes, even the people closest to you struggle to know what to say or how to support you. It’s natural to withdraw from social activities and seek solace in the safety of your own space. But remember, not everyone will disappear. There will be those who stand by your side, offering their unwavering support and understanding.
Societal Belief: Grieving is accompanied by numerous misconceptions and beliefs. Many of these you may have heard at the funeral or from well-meaning friends. It is easy to assume they are correct. Take time to question and see if they make sense to you.
BONUS - Understanding Grief
As you navigate through the intricate landscape of grief, I want you to know that it’s a journey that encompasses every part of you – your thoughts, emotions, physical well-being, and spiritual connection. It’s a complex and unique experience, but within it lies the potential for healing and growth. With this understanding, it is possible for you to feel more love than pain.
Finding Your Way With Guidance
Once you are able to work through the many areas grieving affects, you will find Grief coaching helps you find comfort and support during difficult times. It will provide the support and the guidance you need to navigate your grieving journey. As your coach, I can help you understand your emotions, provide you with coping strategies, and help you find ways to move through and integrate your loss.
A Safe Space
You’ll find Grief coaching provides a safe and supportive space for you to express your emotions and feelings. As your coach, I’ll listen to your story and provide you with a non-judgmental and compassionate environment to explore your feelings. This can help you to process your emotions and find ways to cope with your grief.
A Path Forward
Grief coaching can help you to find a path forward. As your grief coach, I’ll help you to identify your goals and together we’ll create a plan. When you have the tools and resources provided, you’ll be able to make progress and find peace, even if it’s just for moments at a time. By feeling supported you’ll find the strength and courage to move through to create a new life for yourself.
Grief Coaching is About Taking Action
If Your Curious, Committed with a Desire to Understand what You’re Experiencing
Then Grief Coaching Right is for You.
It is about empowering you to find the answers that support you in moving forward in your life. Grief Coaching is different from traditional counselling/therapy as it does not focus on the past but instead helps you to move through and towards a fulfilling future.
Grief Coaching Assist You:
• Understand and Managing Emotions
• Explore Options for Self-Care & Why
• Develop an Action Plan for the Future
• Reconnect YOU with Self, Life and Others
It is a collaborative partnership working together to enable you to discover who you are now. It creates opportunities to identify what matters most in your life and supports you to make the changes you want.
Benefits of Grief Coaching
Healing & Transformation: Grief coaching helps you process emotions, release pain, and find meaning after loss. It empowers you to transform grief into growth, resilience, and strength.
Emotional Wellbeing: In grief coaching, you learn techniques to manage overwhelming emotions like sadness, anger, and guilt. Coaching cultivates emotional well-being through self-compassion, self-care practices and healthy coping mechanisms.
Improved Relationships: Grief can strain relationships with loved ones, including oneself. With grief coaching will help you to navigate these dynamics for healthier communication, restored connections, and a positive self-image. It will facilitate strengthened relationships and foster support and understanding with the provided tools.
Grief can leave individuals feeling lost, and disconnected from purpose and life. Grief coaching helps rediscover meaning, clarify values, and set meaningful goals. It empowers you to move forward with renewed purpose and direction.
Choose grief coaching as you ally in the journey from pain to resilience.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge
Myth is more potent than history
Dreams are more powerful than facts
Hope always triumphs over experience
Laughter is the cure for grief – LOVE is stronger than death
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