Many of us will have experienced the passing of someone close to us during our Lives. Some people are able to deal with the grief that inevitably follows such a loss; however for others it is not so easy to come to terms with the passing of someone close. This grief can last a long period and sometimes is constantly there. This then affects the quality of Life for that person to such an extent that gets in the way of them leading a fulfilling Life. Well the good news is Hypnotherapy may be able to help people who are suffering from a loss.
Bereavement sometimes also referred to as grief is a term used to describe the sense of loss felt when a loved one passes away. It can also be used in relation to other losses, for example, the loss of a friend, personal friend , a job or even on item of property such as a house.
This sense of loss may contain a host of emotions such as: sadness, anger, guilt and/or frustration and anxiety and any loss involves a loss of self: self-esteem, self-worth, self value and/or self-validation.
A system of healthy processing of bereavement and loss tends to occur over a period that will vary from individual to individual. There will be a natural reduction of the emotive response, with acceptance and integration of the loss into the individual’s Life.
It is thought there are four stage of bereavement processing:
- Acceptance of the loss ie that it has really happened
- Experiencing and processing the pain of grief
- Adjusting to Life without the person who has died/item that has been lost
- Putting less emotional energy into grieving and more into something new ie moving forward
Conventional routes to dealing with grief include the following:
- Support from friends and family
- Religion and faith support groups
- Talking therapies including group sessions
- Charities and organisations such as CRUSE (www.cruse.org.uk) can offer support, guidance and advice
If the symptoms persist or there is a profound low mood, then a GP appointment is indicated for either medication or a referral to a psychologist. However, for an alternative and natural solution, people can try Hypnotherapy .
So How Can Hypnotherapy Help?
I will work with you to first to understand at what stage of the bereavement process you are currently at and to understand how your bereavement is affecting you. I will then agree with you what positive outcome(s) you want from working with them using hypnotherapy.
I will then explain the relevant techniques that will suit you best and to agree on the way forward ie to agree:
- The number of sessions you may need or you can just proceed one session at a time – it is entirely up to you
- Whether or not some self-hypnosis between sessions and/or after the sessions have ended would be beneficial for you
- Whether or not some additional work between sessions that you can do yourself would help your progress in dealing with your issue(s)
Grief can last a long period and sometimes is constantly there. This then affects the quality of Life for that person to such an extent that gets in the way of them leading a fulfilling Life. Well the good news is Hypnotherapy may be able to help people who are suffering from a loss. Rest assured that by collaborating and working together with me, you can achieve the positive changes you are looking for. For a free initial discussion about what hypnotherapy is (and isn't!!) and how it might help you, please contact me. I am based in Winchester; however, Hypnotherapy works just as effectively on-line as well as in person.