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Grief Relief

Everyone knows that loss is one of life’s most difficult experiences.  However, it also is true that when one experiences intense feelings of grief and sorrow, comforting words can make a miraculous difference. When the end of life does happen, we never are prepared. The fact is, emotionally, most of us aren’t ready to deal with life-altering loss. Anna Prassa, a professional grief counselor, will help you and your loved ones through this life change so you can come to terms with your loss. She will listen to your thoughts, feelings and needs, so you are able to communicate from the heart about the loss. Grieving with a caring individual is naturally healing and can help make this life transition one filled with precious memories of your past loss.

Anna has created an innovative approach to healing from grief, combining natural healing elements with personal care to help people through a very difficult time. It is crucial that listening and caring be the focus of the grief process so loved ones can move forward in a healthy and positive fashion.

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How Will I Know When I Am Done Grieving ?

After a significant loss, you may be consumed and overwhelmed by the grief reactions you are experiencing. In time, as the reality of the loss sinks in, and all the changes as a result of the loss have been experienced, you will learn to adjust to living with your loss. Eventually, even after significant loss, you will realize you are grieving less as you discover renewed energy in living. You will become less consumed by the impact of the loss and begin to draw comfort rather than pain from the memories. In a sense, you are never “finished grieving.” With a significant loss, there will always be moments when you will remember the loss, and perhaps you experience some of the feelings of grief, as in the times of “sweet sadness” mentioned above. Fortunately, the time period between these surges will lengthen considerably as you learn how to cope with your loss.


How Long Does Grief Last ?

Grief lasts as long as it lasts. Although this statement may not seem helpful to you, it is true. It is different for each person. It is important to realize that, while grief and its intensity will subside, most find that it is replaced with a “sweet sadness” that comes at times of remembrance. This is simply the acknowledgement that significant loss has occurred. That the loss, and the person who is gone, matters and affects our lives.

There are many factors that affect how long a person grieves, including age, maturity, personality, physical and mental health, coping style, culture, spiritual and religious background, family background, other stressors and life experiences. The time spent grieving may also depend on how prepared a person was before the loss was experienced.


Other Faces of Grief

Grief can arise from any loss, not just from a death of a close loved one. Other losses that can trigger grief are:

  • Loss of a relationship
  • Loss of a pet
  • Loss of a job
  • Loss of health
  • Loss of a dream
  • Holidays
    …just to name a few !


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