The Healing Journey
Tips for Improving Your Mental Health
As Memorial Day arrives, a day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country, it can also be a poignant time for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Grief is a complex and deeply personal experience, and it's important to understand that the journey through grief looks different for everyone.
Grief is a unique and individual experience, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to it. However, many people find it helpful to understand the general stages of grief as described by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. These stages include:
It's crucial to recognize that the stages of grief are not rigid steps to be followed in a linear fashion. Grief is a dynamic and ever-changing process. You may find yourself bouncing between different stages, experiencing them in varying intensities and durations. It's important to grant yourself permission to navigate these emotions without judgment or expectation.
While grief is a natural response to loss, it can be an incredibly challenging journey to navigate alone. Seeking support from a therapist who specializes in grief counseling can provide immense comfort and guidance during this time. Here's why reaching out to a therapist can be beneficial:
Memorial Day can serve as a poignant reminder of the loved ones we have lost. Understanding the stages of grief can provide a framework for navigating the complex emotions that arise during this time. Remember, grief is not a linear process, and it's okay to experience a mix of emotions. Seeking support from a therapist who specializes in grief counseling may be a good option for you. You do not have to grieve alone.
This article was written by Mindworks Mental Health, a mental health clinic licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on their website.
In addition to therapeutic treatment, the clinic has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
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Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.