Death and Dying, Caregiver Support Counsellors

Death and Dying, Caregiver Support

Death and dying are common issues faced by people who seek counselling. When a loved one passes away,  dormant feelings of rejection, separation and abandonment in a person's life history tend to resurface. Every client has a different reaction to death and dying, a topic that has been a taboo in many cultures.

Many people are ill-equipped to deal with death and dying, and the process of adjustment that naturally has to follow such an event. During the grieving process, a person tends to react emotionally, but their character usually doesn't change. They are bound to review their relationship with the deceased individual, and express the unfairness of the death. The grieving person might seek out other people to replace the deceased, while at the same time revising their current relationships and personal identity.

The mourning process consists of a number of stages, that most people experience. The stages usually occur consecutively, but it's natural to experience them in a different order, to experience more than one at a time, or to skip a stage altogether. Some people have reported regressing to a previous stage, and moving back and forth between stages.

Unresolved grief can lead to psychopathology. It takes a strong person to seek help and therapy can help you realize that mourning is a natural process that allows you to explore life after the loss of a loved one. It will help you to find new coping mechanisms and help you to move forward with a life that does not include him or her.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with clients who are grieving the loss of someone, you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Julie Burk

M.S.W., RSW
Julie is a Registered Social Worker (13631) who after working with high risk youth for many years, obtained her Masters in Social Work specializing in palliative care to pursue her passion of working with palliative and... Read more

Jenna Reed-Cote

M.S.W., RSW
Well, hello there! I'm glad you stopped by. Looking into counselling is a brave step (even if it doesn't feel like it) and it's important to me that you get the most out of it. The next step is choosing a... Read more