Benefits of Grief Counseling

September 19, 2013

The Benefits of Grief Counseling  or Grief Therapy after the Loss of a Loved One

Grief Counseling | Pennsylvania Wrongful Death LawyerLosing a loved one is one of the most difficult things we endure during our lives. When that loss is unexpected and due to another person or company’s negligent or even malicious actions, the pain can be even more unbearable. No one can tell you how to handle your grief. Everyone handles loss differently. But sometimes after loss, people can engage in destructive behaviors that make a difficult situation worse. This can especially be true with young children and teenagers.

If you find yourself, or your children, so overwhelmed with the loss of a family member that you or they are unable to cope, unable to deal with the loss, it might be time to seek assistance.

Grief Occurs in Stages

It is normal to grieve and it is important to allow yourself and your children to do so.  In “normal” grief, the person is able to move towards accepting the loss, and also able to continue with his day-to-day life. The pace at which someone is able to manage this difficult task will vary from person to person.

It is believed that grief happens in stages.  These stages accompany acceptance of the loss and the ability to move forward. But the stages don’t necessarily occur in a straight line. People might have intense, but brief periods of grief that are extremely distressful. Those bursts might continue to occur for a long period of time.

The feelings of grief often include:

  • Anger (at those responsible for your loved one’s death)
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness (particularly likely to contribute to “acting out” behaviors)
  • Sadness

Children who lose a parent or sibling might become very angry, have difficulties in school or engage in disruptive behaviors.

Professional Help During a Difficult Time

Though grief counseling or therapy cannot erase the tragedy of your loved one’s untimely passing, it can help you to find healthy modes of addressing your anguish. Because no two people respond in the same way or with the same set of experiences and emotional attachments to the deceased, the positive benefits of grief counseling or psychological therapy will take different forms for each individual. Hopefully, it can gain you a resolution to the following emotional distresses:

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If the person you lost is the wage earner of your family, you often will find yourself in a difficult financial situation. In many cases, you will have substantial medical bills or other expenses that you cannot pay. If the death of your loved one was through the fault of another, you should not be forced to deal with these costs.

Our experienced and compassionate attorneys understand that you are going through a lot. It might be difficult to reach out for emotional help, never mind legal assistance. But we encourage you to consider the potential merits of filing a lawsuit to help cover the financial losses you might be facing, as well as the compensation that might be necessary to help you through the changed future. You should not have to deal with your loss alone. Please, consider contacting the Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. to learn more about your legal options.


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