Clarity Counseling Seattle

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Grief Counseling

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Of course you have questions! This is a good thing – questions mean that you are invested in the process. We've collected some commonly asked questions here for you to look through:

Grief Counseling

Given that telehealth is a great option, absolutely! So many of the people we've helped since Covid hit have been in locations that are often hours away from our Seattle office, allowing a great number of clients to receive needed services. Our therapy license does not extend outside of Washington State but it does allow us to help anyone within the state if they are open to using the telehealth approach, which has worked wonderfully for hundreds of couples and individuals over the past few years.

When we hear of grief counseling or grief therapy, we often assume that this service is for the bigger losses in life, such as the death of someone we love, or the death of a pet. But it's important to know that people are often grieving losses, even on a daily basis, of things that may not register as "grief and loss".

Examples include:

  • Changing jobs or careers, even if a positive change
  • Loss of hopes and dreams for the future that can’t be realized
  • Choices our children make that conflict with our wishes for them
  • The independence, freedom, and opportunity we had before having children
  • A child leaving the home
  • A social system such as a church or the company you work for failing to live up to its promises to protect or support you
  • Any change in living conditions, even if positive
  • A shift in the status of a friendship or family relationship
  • Changes in residence, schools, or recreation
  • A sense of security about your safety after a traumatic event
  • Loss of meaningful objects or belongings

We encourage you to think of grief as experiences that we all will go through at times, and to be aware that often the distress we feel in response to something changing in our lives is actually the manifestation of our natural grieving process. Too often, we misunderstand the source of our difficult emotions, leading to unnecessary confusion and further distress. 

Grief therapy can help us to learn how to recognize what is happening with us and then know what to do with that sense of loss so that we can effectively move through the emotions in healthy ways. Being able to navigate the many ways in which we grieve losses is perhaps one of the most useful life skills a person can have.

If you'd like help with your grief, please read about the grief counselor in our group, Hanna Kokko, on her Grief Counseling page, and reach out to her if you'd like.

 

Thank goodness for great friends! And family, and community members, and whoever else in your life helps you to deal with, well, life.

But these wonderful people can't be expected to know how to properly navigate their own grieving process, let alone help guide you through yours. Seattle grief therapists like Hanna Kokko are specifically trained, skilled, and experienced in knowing how to assist someone in the midst of their grief in ways that others simply wouldn't know how to do. By the same token, friends and family can do things for a grieving person that a therapist is unable to. We all have our roles in how we help each other through some of the tougher things about being human, and it's nice to be able to reach out to a professional whose who career is geared toward helping with this particular challenge.

If you or someone you know needs more than amazing friends for help with their grief, we encourage you to reach out to a grief counselor for that help.

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