What is Grief?

Grief is an experience that anyone can experience. Grief can affect individuals of all ages, genders, cultural backgrounds, and incomes. Grief is a natural emotional response to a significant loss, tragedy, or natural disaster. Additionally, grief can result from an unexpected or significant change in your daily life such as a divorce or retirement.

How Can Grief Affect Us?

Grief is a unique and evolving experience for everyone. There is no right or wrong way to feel, as emotions vary throughout life. Common grief experiences include denial, anxiety, distress, anger, sadness, sleep disturbances, and appetite changes. Various factors influence grief symptoms, including unexpected loss, the significance of the loss, and other recent losses still being mourned.

What Are The Stages of Grief?

It is likely that you have heard of the stages of grief at one point or another. The stages of grief describe the common emotional experiences that individuals can have after a significant loss.


The initial stage involves disbelief and denial of the reality of the loss. It serves as a protective mechanism to ease the shock.


As the denial wanes, feelings of frustration, anger, and resentment may arise. It’s common to question why the loss occurred and direct anger towards others or even oneself.


In this stage, individuals may attempt to negotiate or make deals in an attempt to reverse or postpone the loss. It often involves seeking a sense of control or making promises.


Feelings of sadness, loneliness, and emptiness become more prominent as the full weight of the loss is realized. This stage is characterized by a deep sense of grief and mourning.


The final stage involves coming to terms with the loss. It doesn’t necessarily mean complete resolution or happiness, but rather a recognition of the new reality and the ability to move forward.


How to Cope with Grief

When coping with grief, remember that there’s no right or best way to experience it. Emotions will vary day by day. Be patient and kind to yourself. Acknowledge your grief and avoid suppressing emotions. Engaging in activities like writing, talking, painting, gardening, cooking, and listening to music can help process feelings. Explore new hobbies or interests. Stay present with practices like meditation, guided imagery, and yoga. If grief becomes overwhelming, seek support from a therapist to navigate the powerful experience of grief.

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How We Treat

Condense this: Resilience DBT & Eating Recovery are a team of Outpatient Eating Disorder Therapists in New Jersey, Florida, Maryland. Our therapists are ready and equipped with clinical services to provide healing.

At Resilience DBT & Eating Recovery, we can provide you with the grief counseling that you need. We know that grief is powerful, and at times, an overwhelming experience. If you find yourself relating to that statement, you will find that engaging in grief counseling is showing yourself the kindness you deserve during this challenging time.

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Our team is dually and expertly trained in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and DBT for Mental Health. Our Evidenced-Based approaches include FBT, CBT-E, DBT-ED, and Comprehensive DBT for co-occurring mental health conditions. Our outpatient practice has helped Children, Teens and Adults achieve full Eating Disorder Recovery and Mental Health Stability for over 25 years.


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