Bereavement counselling aims to help a person explore his or her emotions. At the first meeting, the bereaved will likely be asked about their loss, their relationship to the deceased, and about his or her own life now that they have lost a loved one.
Answering these questions often means tapping into sadness or anger, so emotional outbursts are expected. Crying and yelling often come naturally during bereavement counselling and certainly will not offend me.
Allowing an person to explore his or her emotions without guilt or censure is one of most important aspects of bereavement counselling.
The length of time for which bereavement counselling will continue will most likely be decided between the counsellor and the bereaved, and will likely be discussed as counselling progresses.
Turning to bereavement counselling after the loss of a loved one is not an admission of weakness, but instead it is an admission of the strength to seek help when it is needed.
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