Grief counseling is a form of counseling that guides you in dealing with any form of loss. Usually, when thinking of grief, people think about the loss of a loved one; bereavement. However if you experienced (major) life changes such as being diagnosed with a chronic disease or having to go through a divorce, grief counseling can help you cope with these life changes as well.
Grief is normal and everybody griefs in their own way. Grief helps people to adjust to loss, therefore there is no right or wrong way to deal with grief. There is no set time period to deal with grief because everybody deals with it on their own terms. For your mental and physical well-being, it is important to seek help if you feel that you are not coping well. If you feel that life overwhelms you, that the grief is interfering with your daily activities and causing relationship and/or work problems and making it difficult to move on. Grief counseling can help you cope with loss so you are able to enjoy life again.
When I worked with elderly people I dealt with grief quite often. Grief from elderly who lost a loved one caused them to feel lonely. In addition to this grief a lot of the elderly had to cope with the fact that their bodies were not functioning the way it did before. As a counselor I helped the elderly dealing with their grief by supporting, listening and making practical (lifestyle) suggestions.
When dealing with grief it is important to find a professional that makes you feel comfortable. A professional that enables you to cope with your emotions in your own way. Grief counseling helps you cope with your grief and emotions such as loneliness, guilt, sadness, anxiousness, relief, numbness, or confusion are dealt with, so you can move on with your life.