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LouisvilleKY 40207
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Grief Counseling Can Help Promote a Healthy Healing Process

Grief Counseling Can Help Promote a Healthy Healing Process

Following the death of a loved one, the people who remain are left with grief that often feels unbearable. While a thoughtful funeral ceremony can bring loved ones together for mourning, grief counseling can be an important part of healing. Even when the death was expected, due to old age or illness, those left behind can experience an array of emotions. At the same time, the sense of loss can be overwhelming. Loneliness can lead to isolation, insomnia and loss of appetite. The self-care that's such an important part of healing can feel impossible. The following information is offered by Pearson Funeral Home in regards to grief counseling:

The Benefits of Grief Counseling

Grief counseling can give you essential support tools during and after the grieving process. A professional grief counselor is trained to help survivors navigate the emotional upheaval of having lost a loved one. Many survivors report that the months following the funeral are the hardest to navigate. Friends and family members want to be supportive, but there's nothing they can do to solve the underlying problem, that death is permanent. Experts recognize that each person's grief process may be different, there are no solid rules about when grieving ends, and none of the five predictable stages of grief has an exact starting and ending date. Grief can last for months, for years or even a lifetime. There's no "wrong way" to go about it.

Nobody leaves their first appointment with a grief counselor feeling fully recovered and back to normal. The process is largely internal and depends on personal well-being, the help of the community and a network of healthy habits and thought patterns.

Things to Know Before Grief Counseling

Nobody leaves their first appointment with a grief counselor feeling fully recovered and back to normal. The process is largely internal and depends on personal well-being, the help of the community and a network of healthy habits and thought patterns. It can take a while to build that system. The overwhelming nature of emotional grief can cause depression that makes survivors unmotivated to care for their base needs, like sleep and hunger, which can cause changes in brain chemistry that make healing more difficult. Counseling provides an objective listener with the goal of helping the survivor maintain a state of mind that's conducive to healing and recovery, without minimizing or disrespecting the feelings of loss that need to be worked through.

Pearson Funeral Home Can Help

April is Counseling Awareness Month. At Pearson, we have over 165 years of experience serving Louisville with unsurpassed service and dignity. We will listen, suggest, organize and carry out ceremonies that are comforting and full of meaning. Our staff provides compassionate service at affordable prices so you and your family can focus on what's important - celebrating the beauty of life.

If you or someone you love is grieving and would benefit from the help of a professional counselor, please check out our resources for grief and healing, to find individual and group counseling resources and consider subscribing to our daily email affirmations.

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