The goal of grief counseling is not to help you forget your pain or “get over it,” but to help ease your passage through the pain; to help you learn to walk around this gaping hole in your life.
Bear witness to your pain
Provide a roadmap for your grief
Acknowledge and validate your loss, particularly those losses frequently disenfranchised by society (sibling loss, miscarriage, suicide)
Help reduce your feelings of isolation
Help you identify, name and normalize your feelings
Provide a safe, supportive environment where you can talk about your loss until you wear out the pain and where you can speak your “unspeakable” feelings
Help you identify and connect with other grief resources, e.g., support groups, books
Help create hope and joy in your life again
Help you create rituals for healing
137 N. Oak Park Avenue, Suite 327,
Oak Park, IL 60301
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 605,
Chicago, IL 60601
Does your heart ache from the emptiness and the silence after a pregnancy loss? Do you feel that you will never again experience joy? Do you feel that there is nobody else who understands your pain?
The loss of a child, parent, sibling, significant other, friend, at any age, is a major life crisis. You may feel that you have lost your past, your present and/or your future. Your friends and family may avoid you because they do not know what to say to you. They may need to be taught how to be supportive to you. You may feel that you will never experience joy again and you may feel guilty even thinking about joy. We can help you navigate this emotional path and help you find comfort and hope once again. You are not alone.
Although grief is a very individual journey, we can assist you as a companion and a guide. Specifically, we can: