Anya Hunter, MA, MSW, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social WorkerReady for change? Let's Get Started
86 St. Paul Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401
Grief is a natural human reaction to loss; some animals also grieve: elephants, horses, dogs, for instance. We need a safe, supportive space and kind, sensitive companions for our grieving process. As a therapist sitting with someone who's suffered a loss, I believe my role is to simply listen with kindness and compassion. To gently ask for more details, if it seems that more sharing about something would be healing. To allow tears, rage, disappointment, fear, anxiety, confusion -- whatever the feelings are, however they are. And to support insights and resolution, as time goes on. Hypnosis and guided imagery can also be very healing in the grief process.
Philip Kolba, MA
PsychotherapistReady for change? Let's Get Started
Troy, New York 12180
Grief and loss is, unfortunately, a normal part of living. There is no single "correct" way to grieve: different cultures and even individuals from the same culture grieve differently. The only consistent feature is that grief takes time. The most effective thing anyone can do for someone grieving is to be there—to listen, to empathize, to walk along with the grief. There is no "fixing" grief. But counseling can help prevent normal grief from developing into major depression or other mental health conditions.