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Grief is an emotional response to loss. The loss is generally the death of a loved one (including pets), but may also include grieving the breakup of a marriage, the loss of a job, or grieving an adult child who makes lifestyle choices with which you disagree. Grief is a natural reaction and impacts all of us at some point in our lives. The only people who are spared the experience of grief are individuals who don’t live long enough to fully experience life.

Grieving is experienced differently among different people. If you have recently experienced a loss, resist the temptation to compare yourself to other people — your grieving experience is unique.

While we all grieve at some point in our lives, grieving can become a destructive experience for some people.

example symptoms

of grief

  • Profound sadness
  • Negative thoughts
  • Problems with sleep
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Low motivation
  • Changes in appetite
  • Poor concentration

grief is common

These symptoms often occur when people are grieving, even if the person is grieving well. It is relatively common to have a number of the above symptoms for a period of time during normal grieving. If you are experiencing the above symptoms more days than not for several months, and you are also experiencing a decline in your performance at school, work, or in your social life, you may not be grieving well.

Psychotherapy may be extremely helpful to you as you grieve. Psychotherapy will provide you with a safe and caring environment in which to process your thoughts and feelings.

You may be experiencing feelings you aren’t comfortable sharing with others, and the privacy of counseling will increase your comfort in expressing yourself.

Psychotherapy can also help address some of the negative symptoms that are often associated with grieving, such as sadness, irritability, and sleep problems. During your counseling sessions, you will learn coping tools, such as pleasant events scheduling, changing negative thoughts, and relaxation training that can lead to healthier behaviors and thinking patterns.

Our counselors at Piedmont Counseling Center are experts in helping people in the journey of grief. Each of our therapists who treat this issue has over 20 years of experience. In addition, our therapists treat our patients individually, taking into account cultural and religious preferences in the grieving process. You will find our office to be a responsive and warm environment. We respond to calls and messages promptly. Our therapists are passionate about our work and want to be there for you in your journey of grieving.

Our office manager takes calls Monday-Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. You can reach our office at 336-293-7406. You can also send us a message and let us know the best times and phone numbers to reach you and we will be happy to call you at a time that is convenient for you, including during evening hours and the weekend. Please see our scheduling page for more information or to send us a message. Please allow us to support you during this difficult time. Contact us today.