David Schaffer, MSW, LICSW, AADC
Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Counselor
3705 Emerson Avenue, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26104
If you are living well you will grieve. Healthy life has close relationships in it and nothing is permanent so, at least some of those relationships will come to an end. Grieving is not a sign of problem but it is painful. Sometimes, being the pain avoiding creatures we are we try to avoid the pain of grief and in doing so get stuck in unhealthy avoidant patterns of behavior such as substance abuse, over working or depression. Sometimes we don't want to accept the loss and stay suck in refusing to really accept our loss. Healthy grieving involves appreciating the person we have lost and the relationship we have had and honoring that relationship in our lives moving forward.
Terry Chapman, MSW, LICSW
Independent Clinical Social Worker
118 Adams Street, Suite 203, Fairmont, West Virginia 26555
Grief & Loss are a part of life. No one escapes them, yet our experiences with grief and loss are each unique and painful. As a therapist I first encourage suffering clients to be patient with themselves and provide them with skills to work with well-meaning--but not always helpful--family and friends. There is no one right method of grieving. I work with each client to help them identify what their needs are: perhaps it is someone to listen to them share memories of the person who is gone, or it may be just being there as they mourn silently. What is important is that you accept your feelings nonjudgmentally.