When a person suffers or a loss, the goal of the hypnotherapist is to assist our clients in discovering ways to reconnect and return to a state of Well-Being. When we suffer the loss of a loved one, or something we love, the common denominator is pain. Losing someone or something is painful. We experience a wide range of emotions, feelings and sensations. There are three points to note:
1. There is no typical response to loss or grief.
2. There is no time limit to the grieving process.
3. When we suffer grief or loss, it’s important to know that we need time to process this information.
The time to process varies with each individual. There is no timetable for grieving.
When we don’t go through the “process”, The Stages of Loss, there is an inability to move forward and we often have non-or low functioning relationships.
A loss can be the loss of a dream, wish or hope. A loss can be a death or impending death of someone close.
A loss can be: Suicide, loss of a pet, loss of a job, divorce or separation, rejection, loss of control, moving to a new home, having to leave a beloved home etc. A loss can also accompany a happy occasion, such as a new job or graduation. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Introduced the “Five Stages of Loss”, but not everyone goes through them. Before the stages of loss however, there is the initial “Shock”, whether sudden or anticipated.
1. Denial- (Isolation)-Refusal to accept the loss has occurred.
2. Anger- (Resentment)-Anger usually brings upon frustration there are cycles from angry to depressed to sadness and back and forth.
3. Bargaining - (Desperation)
4. Grief- (Depression) The person may cry or withdraw.
Not everyone goes through these stages. Some don’t even go through each stage in order to heal. Others don’t go through any on these stages, and most of all, there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
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