"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim." --Vicki Harrison
Loss is a universal experience, and yet, losing a loved one can feel isolating and unbearable. It is often the most profoundly difficult experience you can go through in your lifetime. If you've recently lost someone you love, you may wake up each day wondering how the world can possibly keep on spinning without your loved one in it.
Grief can make you feel as though you're going “crazy” especially when you feel societal pressure to "move on," or it seems like no one in your life can handle your deep sadness.
In grief, you may feel consumed by guilt, regret, fear, and sorrow. You may wonder how you'll ever navigate life without your loved one. Right now, it may feel as though you'll never be okay again. Perhaps you're in the clutches of panic, “waiting for the other shoe to drop.” Maybe you feel like you you no longer deserve happiness.
Loss is a life-altering experience, and grief a natural response to loss. Grief knows no timetable and it changes how you relate to yourself, others, and the world. Counseling can't take your pain away, of course, but it can help to soften your suffering by helping you tend to and adapt to your loss, through the development of a deeper understanding of grief, more compassion for yourself, new coping tools, and healthier, more balanced perspectives. With time, therapy can help you find a sense of meaning, peace, and purpose again.
Emily offers a comforting space in which to process your loss and take steps toward healing. Clients say that they appreciate Emily’s warmth, insight, and gentleness.
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” –Kahlil Gibran