The period after losing a loved one can be one of the toughest periods in one’s life. Feelings of loss, bereavement, and grief are normal and natural for the healing process after a death is experienced. While bereavement is highly individual when it prohibits someone from taking part in daily activities, this can be a sign that they should seek professional help. Many people report feeling an initial stage of numbness after first learning of a death, but there is no real order to the grieving process.
Some emotions one may experience include:
At IDCC, our team of healthcare professionals, including our staff of on-site medical doctors, work with each person to truly understand the unique way that they are approaching the loss. Special attention to cultural and religious backgrounds as well as family dynamics, are also considered by IDCC clinicians, as these factors have a profound effect at the time of a death. Clinicians that help treat bereavement develop personalized therapy plans that allow each individual to absorb the impact of a major loss at their own pace, so they can recover and move on to living a normal happy life.
The mainstay of treatment is usually grief therapy which can be facilitated in support groups or one-on-one talk therapy sessions. The goal of grief therapy is to identify and solve problems the mourner may have in separating from the person who died. Once those problems are recognized, counseling can then continue to help the bereaved accept the loss by helping them talk about the loss, learn effective modes of coping, and even start new relationships.