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Grief and Loss

Grief is a response to a loss.  It is a very personal experience and a natural process that occurs over time.

We grieve for all manner of things – the death of a person, the loss of a relationship, divorce, a job through redundancy or it may be retirement. 


Another loss we suffer is the loss in our health, be it ageing, an illness or as a result of an accident. Everyone experiences loss differently and react in different ways.


Varying degrees of sadness will be experienced due to the relationship or the attachment to the deceased.   

The loss of a faithful pet, which has been with the family for a long period of time, can be just as devastating.


How we act in relation to death depends on -

  • What we have lost

  • Was it a parent, a child, a spouse or may be a grandparent.

  • How much did that person mean to us

  • How did death occur, was this due to an accident ageing, illness, murder or was it suicide.

  • How did the person pass, peaceful and/or was it unexpected.

  • Your spirituality and the way you perceive the loss

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Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book ‘On Death and Dying’, describes the 5 stages of grief :


Denial – Deny the loss – this is not happening

Anger – Anger comes as you begin to accept reality

Bargaining- Trying to get them back, “If I do this will my loss be taken away”

Depression – Feeling numb, although anger and sadness remains underneath

Acceptance – Final stage of mourning has tapered off, the reality of the situation is accepted.


Another form of Grief we can experience is called  Anticipatory Grief:- 


Once the loss of a person or thing is on the horizon, it is natural that we begin to grieve. This type of grief carries the same symptoms as regular grief and is often felt by a carer or caregiver.


If you have suffered a loss, no matter what the loss is from or the time of your loss, the need to talk to someone will help ease the grieving period

There is no time limit on grieving

Please call 0434 436 835 or contact me through this website

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Nice thoughts from past clients..

I started counselling with Kay after my husband passed away in April 2023. I was in a very emotional & distressed state and needed the support to facilitate my grieving process and understand the different phases to which I was going through.


Through weekly, then fortnightly meetings I have found the transition easier knowing I have someone who understands and supports me through this roller coaster of emotions and to find myself again along the way.


Kay makes you feel so welcome and safe, and is there at any time if I need to reach out to her for support if something crops up between appointments. I needed a councillor who had knowledge to share with me and understand where I was coming from as this was a new phase of my life that I had no idea about what to expect. I have found this invaluable in my journey of loss and Kay is also teaching me about myself and who I am as well.

I would without a doubt recommend Kay as a counsellor.

Sandra, Mona Vale

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