Grief Counseling Certification Article on How Your Loved One Died

Death of a loved one is difficult by itself.  It takes time to recover from the loss and re-adjust to the life without them.  While we re-adjust, some say we never truly recover completely and that is fine.  However, when we lose someone and the death is complicated because of the nature of the death or how we ended it with a particular person, then complications can emerge in our recovery process.

Looking back the death of a loved one can be painful. Sometimes it can bring back certain things about the death or how we reacted to it. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification

 

Sometimes one may regret how they handled the death of a loved one.  Maybe the last words were not pleasant, or the one felt conflicted during the person’s illness.  Other times, one may regret not discussing or doing this or that with the person.  In other cases, the nature of the death itself can cause extreme distress.  Many deaths via suicide or through a particular disease can become disenfranchised.  Individuals suffer far greater in these types of sudden and unnatural deaths.  They raise questions and cause embarrassment in some cases.

These types of complications can lead to an array of issues for the recovery process and turn simple grieving into a complicated form of grief that may not reside on its own.

The article, “Struggling with How a Loved One Died” from “Whats Your Grief” looks at how one can overcome these conditions of a death of a loved one.  The article states,

“It’s very important to note, revisiting events like these can bring up many distressing thoughts and emotions. When thinking about the death, some people may actually re-experience intense emotions like panic, terror, and fear. In an effort to not feel this way, the person may actively avoid anything that could bring up these memories which, in the long run, may cause them to cut themselves off from important people and places and to possibly live in a state of hyperarousal.”

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To look back at a loved one’s death is natural.  There is nothing wrong with it, but when the death is more complicated or we regret how the process played out, then we may feel stronger emotions that can haunt us.  It is important to face those emotions and deal with them.

If you would like to become a certified Grief Counselor then please review the American Academy of Grief’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Remote Grief Counseling and School

With covid, life is upside down in all facets.  Providing grief support like any health or mental issue has turned to telecommunication.  Remote care and counseling or over the phone guidance has become a new norm.   Schools also are facing issues as debates begin on re-openings.  Many have grief issues with covid and other anxieties.

Grief Counseling at schools will face new challenges as they open for the school year during covid. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

 

The article, “Providing Remote Grief Support to Students and School Communities” from “Whats Your Grief” takes an indepth look at the challenges of providing grief counseling to schools and students via remote.  The article states,

“It stands to reason, a higher number of children will be carrying the burden of loss when they return to school this year, whether they are grieving the death of a loved one, or a non-death loss. While at the same time, there are new and significant barriers to receiving the types of support teachers, parents, counselors, and community members are accustomed to providing.”

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Grief Counseling Certification Article on Depression and Over Sleeping

Atypical depression can cause a over sleeping.  Atypical depression is an ongoing depression, where a person may not even realize they are depressed because an event or surprise can temporarily lull them out of it, but it still nonetheless persists.  Many who experience this type of depression will over sleep.

Oversleeping can be a sign of depression. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals

 

Oversleeping is a symptom of depression because it is a way one tries to cope with the sadness.  One will feel they have nothing to look forward to so they turn to sleep as a way to escape reality.

The article, “What You Should Know About the Relationship Between Oversleeping and Depression” from Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials looks at the correlation between oversleeping and depression.  The article states,

“While oversleeping can be a symptom of atypical depression, there are different factors that also contribute to it. “When someone is depressed, it can be because they sleep as a form of escape,” says Dr. Drerup. “They may be thinking, ‘I don’t have anything to look forward to so why do I even start the day?’’

To learn more, please review the entire article and click here

Please also review the American Academy of Grief’s, Grief Counseling Certification.  The program is offered to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.  The program is online and independent study.  Please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Worden’s Four Tasks of Grieving

The classic four tasks of mourning of Worden are critical to the understanding of the process of grief.  It involves the initial shock of acceptance, dealing with the grief, adjusting to it and forming a connection with the deceased that still permits one to form new relationships and live life.  It is very similar to Kubler Ross ideals as well.

The four stages of the grief process are key to dealing with loss. Worden’s Four Tasks of grieving capture the whole scope of the process. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification

 

Unlike past grief theories which saw grief itself as an issue and pathology that needed removed, Worden’s tasks see grief as an instrumental part of dealing with loss.  He sees grief as natural and something that must be dealt with and understood.  Ultimately the price of grief is love.  When we love, we form bonds.  When those bonds are utterly torn apart, we experience loss.  The pain associated with loss is grief.  It is perfectly natural and hence, the stronger the bond, the stronger the grief.

It is important to deal with our grief.  We cannot avoid the tasks of grieving or we will never recover a balance in life.  A balance that permits one to acknowledge the loss, grieve it and miss, but also cherish it and live life.   If one is grieving, it is essentially to review these tasks and ensure that one is properly dealing with one’s grief and working through it.

“What’s Your Grief” presented an excellent article on the topic.  Entitled, “Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning” by Litsa Williams discusses the four tasks in greater detail.  The article states,

“As we mentioned in that post, Kubler-Ross’s Five Stage model really put grief theory on the map by opening up the conversation about the dying process, death, and grief.  Over the years other theories have emerged, many of which have transitioned from the concept of “stages” to the concept of “tasks”.

These tasks are best formulated by Worden.  The article is quick to point out that this is a fluid process and any strict adherence can allude the subjective nature of grief of the particular individual.  To read the entire article, please click here

For more knowledge and study on the science of grief and for those seeking certification as a Grief Counselor, then please review the American Academy of Grief Counseling and its Grief Counseling Certification.  The program is online and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.

 

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Grief Gifts

It is not only hard to know what to say or not say to someone grieving a loss but it can also be difficult to know what type of gift or card to give them.  Showing you care is one of the most important ways you can show sympathy and sometimes a gift speaks volumes to someone grieving.

What is the best way to type of gift to help someone who is grieving? Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification

 

The article, “30 gifts for someone dealing with grief” by Dana Holmes looks at different gifts you can give someone who is grieving.  She states,

“Current circumstances make losing a loved one even more complicated and isolating than usual. Those dealing with loss right now have the added burdens of not being able to say a proper goodbye at the hospital or to honor the deceased at an in-person memorial. We also can’t support those most directly affected by the loss in ways we might want to — with a hug or a visit. So what should we do or give to help them cope?”

Helping others through grief is the duty of any friend or family member and the gifts listed can help others.  To read the entire article and list, please click here

Please also review the American Academy of Grief Counseling’s Grief Counseling Certification to see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Grief and Strength

Such comments as “you are so strong” during grief can have well intentions but pose problems to the griever.  It creates an atmosphere where strength in grief is looking strong or tough or hiding it, or that one must be strong despite grief.  These ideals are not what it means to be truly strong in grief.

What does it truly mean to be strong in grief? Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals

 

Whats Your Grief Article, “What Does it Mean to Be Strong in Grief?” does an excellent job of pointing out the true strength in grief.  The article reads,

“Strength in grief is acknowledging, feeling, and expressing emotion. To help people understand how broadly strength in grief can be defined, we want to ask you – what does strength in grief look and feel like to you?”

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Strength in grief is accepting grief.  It is doing the little things.  It is being scared, vulnerable and sad but going through the process.  It is important as grief counselors to realize that when helping others face the grief process.  Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Grieving Employees

Grief flows into every aspect of life and the work place is no exception.  It is important for employers to be able to identify grieving employees and help them.  This sometimes involves time off but also an open ear to listen to any issues the employee may be experiencing.  This is important for productivity and smoothness within the business but it also is the basics of a good human being.  We need to see employees as people and respect their emotions. It is critical to good business but goes well beyond it.

How can employers help grieving employees? Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification

 

The article, “How To Support Employees Experiencing Grief And Loss” by Stephanie Sarkis looks at how employers can help employees grieve and have the time they need to fix issues of loss at home.  She states,

“You may have employees that have lost loved ones. Compounding the grief, many were not able to attend a funeral or memorial service due to social distancing guidelines. Many people who died of Covid-19 died alone, or with medical staff holding up a phone or tablet so a patient could see their family and friends one last time.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification.  The certification is for qualified professionals who are looking for professional credentials to help in the area of loss and bereavement.  Plese review the program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Beginners and Grief

Many individuals new to loss do not understand its very nature.  They think grief is a pathology or grief is short term and individuals get over it.  These ideals are quickly dismissed as the person realizes grief is a life long journey that helps us deal with loss.  It is a reaction to loss.  Loss is part of life and hence unfortunately so is grief.   As a person accepts this, then their healthy reaction to grief and loss changes.  The ability to understand that grief is a life long journey and that grief is not something to dismiss but to embrace is a reality that helps the person recover and adjust to the new reality.

Grief is critical to healing and adjustment. It is life long but heals. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your professional goals

 

The article, “Grief For Beginners: 5 Things To Know About Processing Loss” by Stephanie O’Neil looks at five key points that beginners in grief need to discover.  She states,

“Psychologist William Worden developed the concept, which involves four main tasks: acceptance of the loss, processing that loss, adjusting to life without the deceased person and finding ways to maintain an enduring connection with your loved one as you continue your life.”

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Grief is a long process but it brings healing if one accepts it and works through it with the correct mindset.  Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Chris Haws and Telegrief

The article below is from Chris Haws, founder of Telegrief.  Online assistance is critical for individuals facing depression during quarantine.   Online assistance and appointments are also a wave of the future for many in the mental field.  Chris Haws discusses the vital importance of online communication for mental health.

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One of the frequent  characteristics of grieving is that people isolate and withdraw from their everyday lives.  They need time to think, time to reflect and time to cry.  They need to assess this new reality – a reality without that much loved spouse, partner, parent, child, sibling or friend.  Some people find it easier than others and can re-engage with the world in their on time and at their own pace.  In every case, the support of a professional grief counselor can be invaluable during this transition from acute, agonizing, pain to a new way of living that integrates the grief and the sorrow of the loss into an ongoing, meaningful and even joyful existence.  People can and do learn that it’s OK to laugh – and love – again.

Isolation and grief are not a good mixture. Chris Haws offers online services for the isolated through Telegrief.

 

But what if the isolation is imposed by circumstances beyond the grief sufferer’s control?  Circumstances such as the current Covid-19 pandemic that is forcing everyone to “lockdown”, “shelter in place”, and “self-isolate”?  It’s tough enough for people with busy lives to lead, mouths to feed and families to raise.  Throw the emotionally shattering experience of a bereavement on top of all that and the result can be devastating.

Fortunately, although hugs and literal hand holding can be comforting, the grief counselor’s principal job is to listen.  And having listened, to gently guide the sufferer out of the darkness of their pain towards the brighter world in which their grief is not denied or suppressed, but is integrated into the next chapter of a purposeful and satisfying life.

And that’s why remote counseling works.  Whether by phone, or using one of the new video linking technologies, counselors can still listen and interact with their clients just as effectively as they can in face to face sessions – and, paradoxically, sometimes even more comfortably.  Clients can sometimes be more “themselves” when they don’t have to tidy the house or dress up before the counselor arrives, or take the bus or get in their cars to travel to a distant consulting room.

Prompted by Covid-19, but building on prior experience with an international clientele that is scattered across the country and around the world, that’s why psychologist and grief counselor Chris Haws has created “Telegrief”.  Clients can interact remotely with Chris using whatever technology they choose, and the results are already proving to be remarkable.  If you or someone you know are in need of counseling for a recent bereavement, then go to telegrief.com and check out what Chris Haws is offering.  As he says “It’s your call”.

Chris Haws is a British born Psychologist and Counselor based in Northwest DC who specializes in bereavement and grief, substance abuse and recovery, and personal development and mindfulness.  For over three decades, his writing has appeared in print, radio and TV around the world.  He is the founder of “Telegrief” and can be contacted at telegrief.com  

 

 

Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Grief and Resiliency

Grieving is an ongoing process throughout life.  Some steps take one into a unhealthy direction while healthy grieving learns to accept the loss and correlate it to the meaning of the present.  This does not magically mean the pain vanishes.  The pain of grief will always be present.  Losing someone has a steep price.  With great love comes great grief when that person is removed.  This is a natural reaction to loss, but this does not mean one cannot adjust, while grieving, in healthy ways.

Resiliency is a key component in grief recovery. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

 

One can show resilience overtime through healthy grief practices that remember the loss and pain but also celebrate the love and person.  Examples can include a variety of things that include remembrance of good times, memorials, and new traditions in honors of the deceased.

The article, “What I Learned About Resilience in the Midst of Grief” by Lucy Hone looks at resiliency in grieving.  She states,

“In a study investigating U.S. college students’ responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Fredrickson found that certain people showed resilience. What was their secret? Experiencing positive emotions buffered resilient people against depression and was the active ingredient that helped them thrive.”

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Resiliency is key after loss.  It does not come easy.  Some are more resilient naturally while others have better support.  Ultimately, the ability to be resilient can help one find a healthier meaning in loss and be better equipped to adjust to that loss.  Grief Counselors need to be able to help individuals utilize their grief in a more active and healthy fashion throughout the grieving process.  This will enable the grieving to better put the loss in correlation with the present narrative of life.  It will also allow the griever to express loss in a more positive fashion.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.