Loss of a Parent & Grief Counseling

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Jan 3, 2022

Grief, loss, and life

At some point, we’ll all have to deal with the loss of something or someone we love. This may be a fact of life but that doesn’t make it any less painful. Overwhelming grief affects us in a variety of ways, especially if we’re facing the loss of a parent. Regardless of the nature of your relationship with your parents, seeking support to navigate this grieving process can help arm you with coping tools and techniques to get through this difficult time.

How does grief counseling for the loss of a parent work?

Many of our peer counselors have dealt with the loss of their own mothers, fathers, or guardians while others have experience in helping others acclimatize to loss. They understand how to find strength while moving through this season of grief. You have the freedom to choose a Peer Collective counselor who you resonate with most by reading a bit about them. There are no rules when it comes to expressing what you’re experiencing. Even if peer support serves simply as a solid sounding board — someone who will genuinely listen with empathy and compassion — this kind of support can be invaluable in finding inner peace and closure with your loss. Peer counseling for the loss of a parent may involve:

  • Unpacking how you feel: Exploring your relationship with your mom, or dad, or parent figure, and how losing them makes you feel
  • Active, compassionate listening: An opportunity for you to share in confidence, without judgement
  • An empathetic & relatable voice: Chat to someone who’s walked in your shoes and they’ll be able to resonate with you and make you feel less isolated
  • A new perspective & hope: Trust and connectedness that leads to discussions about practising gentle, practical coping strategies that may work for you

Peer counseling for grief: Why it’s beneficial

Whether death is anticipated or sudden, it’s only natural that it inflicts some kind of trauma on us. Peer counseling is hugely beneficial for traumatic events such as the loss of a parent or someone else close to you. Your life is now less one close connection, and that can be difficult to wrap your head around. Being open about what’s going through your mind and heart is a solid start as you begin to go through the various stages of grief. An assurance that you aren’t alone throughout this process can be hugely comforting and this is something our peer counselors recognize and specialize in.

Finding a peer that understands personal aspects of grief

The grieving process doesn’t have to feel so lonely, even if you feel there’s no way anyone could possibly understand what you’re going through. Connecting you to the right Peer Collective counselor, with access to online peer counseling could be a really constructive form of company..

Looking for someone experienced in grief and loss who uses somatic meditation to cope? Chat to our counselor, Kathleen. Feel that journaling works better for you? Jazmin’s a match for you! Our counselors share insights like these in their profiles, so you can select someone you feel is best suited to you and your lifestyle. Book your first 30-minute session with us. It’s absolutely free!

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