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Providing Psychological Assessments & Therapy Services to the Macarthur Area

Grief and Loss

Grief is the emotional reaction experienced when we have a significant loss in our life. Grief can result from the loss of many and varied things, including:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Suffering a miscarriage
  • Divorce or the break-up of a serious relationship
  • Loss of a friendship
  • Loss of a job or having to retire
  • Loss of a home or other belongings
  • Loss of financial security
  • Loss of your own or a loved one’s health
  • Loss of a pet

Grief is experienced differently from one person to another, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. People cope with their grief in different ways and use various coping strategies to manage their daily lives in the face of their grief.

Unfortunately there are times when people develop depression in the context of grief. This can complicate recovering from your loss. Some indicators of this would include:

  • Believing that life is meaningless
  • Being unable to re-engage in normal activities
  • Having thoughts of suicide, or wishing that you had died with your loved one
  • Self blame for the loss
  • Feeling numb and disconnected for an extended period of time
  • Feeling unable to cope with daily life

If you feel you are not coping, or may be developing depression as well as grieving, please speak with your GP and access additional support.

Psychological support can give people the opportunity to talk through their emotions in a safe, non-judgemental environment. The aim of psychological therapy is not for you to “get over” your loss, but rather to work towards moving forward with your life while still honouring your grief and loss.