Grief is our natural, human response to loss. When we lose someone or something we care about, grief is a normal process that helps us heal. When we have loved someone deeply, our grief will be deep as well, and we must allow ourselves the time and space for the healing that grief and mourning provides.
Grief is our internal feelings about loss, while mourning is the actions we take to express our grief. Mourning might include talking about the loss, praying, participating in a ceremony or joining a support group. The actions of mourning help heal grief.
Typical responses associated with grief
Everyone experiences grief in their own way, but it is often characterized by:
Sense of numbness
Disrupted sleeping patterns
Changed eating habits
Roller coaster of emotional energy
Losses that commonly lead to a grief response include:
Financial change (increase or decrease in wealth)
Loss of health
End of addiction
How Crosswinds can help
There is darkness and pain in grief, but there is also hope. Crosswinds provides a comprehensive assessment of every enrolled client, including listening for grief and loss within the family story. Unresolved grief can often mimic symptoms of depression, anxiety, or even Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). When we encounter a client who has not fully dealt with a loss, Crosswinds will include grief counseling in the treatment plan. Crosswinds clinicians help educate individuals, couples and families about grief, mourning and how to integrate loss into their story. We don’t “recover from” or “get over” grief: We become reconciled to it. We learn to live with it and integrate it into our continued living. When clients seek Biblical counsel, our clinicians utilize spiritual disciplines, theology of suffering and an eternal perspective as part of their approach to healing from loss.
Healing is not returning to an old normal but rather creating a new normal. Crosswinds aims to help clients to actively grieve and mourn, so that they may live the rest of their days with meaning, love and joy.
If you are struggling with grief, please contact Crosswinds today to learn more about how we can help.