The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a tremendous amount of loss and grief is an entirely normal part of the recovery process. Whether it's the loss of a loved one, a home, a job, or a life you once knew, grieving is inevitable. For some, grief can be a devastating emotion that can cause more harm than healing if it's bottled up for too long.
What is Grief?
Grief is the body's natural reaction to loss. Many people struggle during the grieving process as there is no "normal" way to mourn. Some people may find themselves slipping into destructive tendencies, where others become entirely numb and incapable of performing essential duties like eating and sleep. Sadly, grief can lead to unhealthy tendencies like substance abuse, binge-eating, depression, and even suicide. If you or someone you know has experienced a painful loss, a grief coach can serve as a safe space and trusted guide through the healing process.
What is a Grief Coach?
A grief coach will help you learn to cope with your loss so you can feel like yourself again and continue to live a full life. Grief and loss are different for every person, so your grief coach will take a personalized approach to help you heal at your own pace.
How Will a Grief Coach Help?
Grief coaching focuses on the future, whereas counseling helps you process your emotions in the moment. Your grief coach will help you create the blueprint of action items and activities designed to help you gain positive momentum in your life again. The point is not to forget the loss or quit mourning altogether. The purpose of grief coaching is to help you process your emotions by taking small, constructive steps towards a brighter future.
What Does a Grief Coaching Session Look Like?
While sessions may vary depending on the coach, there are some standard practices.
Here's what you can expect from your grief coaching:
● A safe space to discuss your loss.
● An open mind that is ready to listen.
● Someone who will help you understand and process your emotions.
● Support throughout your mourning process.
● Purposeful sessions that will guide you through recovery.
● A collaborative plan to help you navigate life after your loss.
The Importance of an Initial Coaching Session
Finding a coach that you feel comfortable with will make your coaching sessions much more effective. In your initial coaching session, you'll be able to determine if you're the right fit for each other, your comfort level and if you're on the same page with your desired coaching outcome. It may be challenging to establish a complete sense of comfortability at first, especially in this form of coaching, so try to keep an open mind.
Healing at Your Own Pace
Sometimes life comes at us very fast, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we move forward. As a grief coach and someone who has dealt with many losses in my life, I understand that healing happens at your own pace. Through my services, I want to help you process your grief, find peace from your pain, and develop a personalized program that will help you move forward. You may never "get over" your loss, but I intend to help you learn to live with it while still living a happy and fulfilling life. Schedule a session today, and let's take your first healing step together.
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