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Thursday, July 12, 2012


Grief--we all go through it. It is one of the most painful, stressful and often devastating emotions we will experience during our lifetimes. (I lost my beloved mother two years ago to a dreadful disease.) But how do we know if or when it's time to see a counselor?

Grieving is a normal reaction to loss and can occur not only from the loss of a loved one, but also as a result of losing one's health, job or experiencing other traumatic events.

Grieving begins to lessen in intensity as time passes. But if the grieving person does not begin to feel better, is unable to perform daily functions and is thinking that his/her own life isn't worth living, then it's time to seek one-on-one counseling. A therapist who has been trained in bereavement can help people cope in healthy ways, such as by taking care of themselves and avoiding grief triggers. Left unchecked, unhealthy grieving can lead to depression.

Samaritan Counseling Center holds Bereavement Groups which are set to begin again this fall. Groups are appropriate for someone whose loss has occurred at least three months prior to engaging in the first meeting. Studies have indicated that people are still in a crisis state of mind for about three months. Consequently, if they are not coping well and wish to get help, individual counseling is the right choice.

Samaritan's Bereavement Groups follow a six week model and are both therapeutic and educational in nature. Groups entail learning about grief, understanding it and engaging in discussion among others who are experiencing similar feelings. Helpful materials are also provided. Additionally, our Bereavement Groups are free of charge.

If you think you or someone you know can benefit by bereavement counseling, please call 412-741-7430. Click here for dates and times.