Psychological support for Grief and Loss

Grief and loss are both feelings that are often experienced after the loss of someone with whom we cared deeply about or something that is important to us. Feelings of grief and loss are a natural response to a life event, such as the death of a loved one or pet, relationship break-up, loss of employment, or loss of important items (such as family photos). When we lose someone or something that is so important to us, it can take some time and support to be able to adjust to the change and allow ourselves to heal, as we move through the natural grieving process.

The intensity of grief, our reactions to it, and how long it lasts, differ in each person. This is because we are all unique individuals with different personalities, backgrounds, and beliefs that can influence our feelings and reactions. As well as this, the circumstances surrounding loss can greatly impact the grief response.

Common feelings and reactions associated with grief and loss can include:

  • Strong feelings of sadness
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Confusion and exhaustion
  • Shock, denial, detachment and ‘numbness’
  • Anger, guilt, blame, or relief in some circumstances
  • Withdrawal
  • Loneliness
  • Feeling of hopelessness
  • Frequent crying, headaches, changes in eating or sleeping
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

Many people find that talking to others can help the healing process, and the support of family and friends is integral. Professional help is available and recommended if your feelings of grief and loss are intense and long-lasting, if you feel overwhelmed with pain or as though you will never recover from your grief, if you are avoiding/finding it hard to grieve, or if you find it hard to participate in day-to-day activities.

Professional support, such as seeing a Psychologist, can help you to move through the grieving process and thus allow you to move forward. Seeking support early is important as long-term or overwhelming grief can significantly impact your overall health, however, seeking support at any stage, no matter how long ago you experienced loss, can provide relief.

Our Psychologists and Counsellors are here to help, and can assist you through the grieving process, with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism. You do not need a referral from your Doctor to see our Practitioners. You are welcome to contact us for more information.

Lifeline (2018). Loss and Grief. Retrieved from:

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We would be humbled to help you. You do not need a referral from your doctor to see our Practitioners, however, doing so may attract a medicare rebate.
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