One of the most productive things one can do when dealing with grief is to seek professional counseling. Those dealing with grief need someone they can work through their struggles with, without putting any burden on family or friends who might not be able to listen reliably. Whether it’s the loss of a spouse, friend, family member, or even the loss of a job, it is important to work through the emotions involved and find new perspectives on the matter. Grief counseling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief; and, so overwhelmed by their loss that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counseling facilitates expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including their feeling sad, anxious, angry, lonely, guilty, relieved, isolated, confused, or numb.
It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganized, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams, and they may experience change in appetite. These too are addressed in counseling.