Grief Counseling Services

When you’re going through a difficult time, it’s easy to feel alone. Building a support system (whether with loved ones or through grief counseling) is the best way to manage the grieving process. There are many different forms of grief, including complicated grief, anticipatory grief, chronic grief, and collective grief, to name a few. 

No matter what type of grief you’re experiencing, help is out there — you’re not alone.

Understanding The Grief Process

Grief is an unavoidable part of life. Any traumatic loss can result in grief, from a loved one passing away to the sudden ending of a relationship. You can also grieve after major life events, like being diagnosed with a medical illness or becoming recently unemployed.

Stages of Grief

People experience grief differently, and each type of grief can have a different effect. There are five main stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

1. The first step in the grieving process is denial. A person in denial feels shocked or numb to the traumatic event or loss. This is a defense mechanism used to manage overwhelming emotions. Thinking “this isn’t real” is only temporary.

2. When the comfort of the denial phase subsides and reality sets in, you enter the anger phase. People in this stage often feel frustrated with the situation — or the world. They may act angrily towards other people during this point in the grief cycle.

3. In the bargaining stage, thoughts move from anger to dwelling on the past. People in this phase will begin to think of ways that they could have prevented the traumatic loss or event, even if these thoughts are illogical.

4. After realizing that nothing can change what happened, people often slip into a depressive state. They begin to experience symptoms of depression like overwhelming sadness, loss of appetite, low self-esteem, and sleeping problems.

5. After going through the emotional four stages of grief, the final stage is acceptance. While the sadness won’t go away, individuals eventually realize that nothing can be changed and return to living life.

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Grief Intervention Available at Meridian

No one can prepare for a sudden, traumatic event. But, when you’re suffering from a traumatic loss, lean on your support system, take care of yourself, and most importantly, know when to ask for help!

Meridian HealthCare has specialized mental health services to help you overcome and live with grief. If you or a loved one are struggling and need help from a mental health professional, contact Meridian today.

Boardman Office

8255 South Ave
Youngstown, OH 44512
Phone: 330-797-0070

Howland Office

1950 Niles-Cortland Road, NE
Warren, OH 44484
Phone: 330-797-0070

Meridian Campus

527 North Meridian Road
Youngstown, OH 44509
Phone: 330-797-0070

Managing the Grieving Process

There are many ways to grieve; it’s important that each person finds their own way of managing grief to improve their overall well-being. Coping strategies can improve a person’s mental wellness, and especially after a traumatic loss, self-care can be extremely helpful. Simply returning to activities that bring joy will aid in the grieving process, too.

But you don’t have to go through these stages alone:

    • Grief counselors help people through the grieving process.
      Bereavement counseling sessions are designed specifically for managing grief from the death of a loved one
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that helps people process their emotions and how those emotions affect behavior — which can be beneficial in coming to terms with loss.
    • Grief support groups allow people to meet together in a safe space to talk through their emotions and get bereavement support from those who understand what they’re going through. 
    • Family therapy is a great option for family members to meet and talk through issues they’re facing with the help of a counselor.

Grief Support at Meridian

Going through the grief process is painful and can linger if not addressed. Meridian HealthCare is proud to offer grief support and grief counseling services that help you find positive coping strategies for a better tomorrow.

Meet with our compassionate, experienced clinicians either in-person or via telehealth. Call Meridian today to schedule your appointment or make a referral. When you’re ready for help, we’re ready to pick up your call.

*If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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