Bereavement Counseling

bereavementAt some point in our lives we will experience loss. The reaction that we have to loss (of any type) is GRIEF. Having lost my own father when I was 26, I feel privileged, as a NECHAMA trained bereavement counselor to accompany you on this journey.

What is Bereavement?

BEREAVEMENT is a form of GRIEF regarding the death of a loved one. As a response to the loss, one may experience a wide range of feelings which are all part of the process, for example; anger, abandonment, deep sadness, loneliness or guilt. It’s important to know that everyone’s response is different. Bereavement counseling helps you adapt to your significant loss in a caring way, so that you can learn to live without that person in your life.

According to Therese Rando, the stages of mourning  move between four stages:

  • Accepting the reality of the loss
  • Working through the pain of grief
  • Adjusting to life without the deceased
  • Maintaining a ‘new’ connection with the deceased while moving on with life.

How bereavement counseling can help you

You might feel like you are burdening your loved ones with your pain, and as a result , you hide your tears and bury your feelings. This is done to protect those around you, but it can leave you feeling unsupported with your loss. As a result of this, it can make adjusting to your loss even harder. My role as a bereavement counselor, is to walk with you in your time of grief and help you move through these stages at your pace.

This process takes place in a safe and confidential environment, allowing you the space to heal and unburden your pain. I like to think of it as helping people see and feel that the relationship has not ended, but that it has changed. It will always be with you. People often say to me, “Why can’t I just move on.” The truth is, there has been a loss, and it needs to be integrated and mourned, so I prefer to think of it as “moving forward”, instead of “moving on”.

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“Devorah has been a Godsend for me. Her counseling helped me through the worst of tragedies ( losing a son) and has helped and is helping me reconnect to life again. She is a powerfully gentle healer who knows what she is able to do. She uses her personality and skills to encourage guide and support my recovery. Hope she will be part of my life for a long time to come.” Professor Claire Rabin November 20 2019

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