DEALING  WITH  LIFE  AFTER  OTHER'S

Death is the extreme condition of human being but own death is never experienced, one sizes up the gravity of death from other people’s demise.  As Joshua Burns puts it, 'The trouble with quotes about death is that 99.99 percent of them are made by people who are alive'. One does not have a concept about own death. 

 

Death and thoughts about death is distressing. Each time it happens to people around us, our own death anxiety comes into the forefront however life is led with the backdrop of death and the implicit realisation that life is finite.

 

THE FULL GRASP OCCURS AS ONE NATURALLY PROGRESSES TO ADVANCING YEARS OR WHEN ONE BECOMES TERMINALLY ILL.  

LOSING A LOVED ONE IS A DIFFICULT EXPERIENCE 

Despite knowing about the finitude of life, we will inescapably experience intense grief at the loss of a loved one in life. Grief cuts through the placidity of familiarity to cause insufferable pain for a while but the longevity of this suffering will depend upon individual view of the world. With passage of time, intensity of grief reduces and readjustment occurs. Most cope with loss however for a few, reconciliation hasn’t happened.  

 

COUNSELLING OFFERS RESPITE BOTH IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH THE LOSS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY; GENERATING UNDERSTANDING ABOUT ONE'S BEING-TOWARDS-LOSS

What do people experience ?

While they are in the throes of bereavement?

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These feelings/emotions/experience is in no particular order. Not everyone going through bereavement will experience all the above. These are cyclical, may present itself at varied points in time. The above are indicative experiences, there are others such as physical pain, loneliness, confusion, hallucinations, sleep & appetite disturbances, overeating, and so forth but we have categorised the more frequent occurrences above. 

 

 

Dealing with terminal illness 

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Bleak prognosis and with months or a few years to live is an agonizing position to find oneself in; both for the sufferer as well as family and friends. Metastising Cancer, Dementia (including Alzheimer's), motor neurone disease, lung disease, AIDS, advanced heart disease, other accidental eventualities are some of the typical terminal illness conditions. It could strike anyone and shake the familial foundations. End stage illness can be incurable but can be managed with medication, life-style changes, acceptance,  supportive environment and psychotherapy. 

DYING AS A CONCEPT APPLIED TO THE TERMINALLY ILL IS A MARGINALISED VIEW OF THEIR EXISTENCE.  

ALL OF US ARE FINITE BEINGS BUT SOME UNFORTUNATELY HAVE THEIR FINITUDE AND LONGEVITY ANNOUNCED EARLIER TO THEM THROUGH TERMINAL ILLNESS AND THIS CAN BE OVERWHELMING. 

LET US TREAT THE HUMAN CONDITION AND NOT ILLNESS.

Death is an existential issue 

GRIEF & MOURNING 

IF ATTACHMENT IS STRONG, INTENSE GRIEF WILL ENSUE

Grief is an internal process after loss which invokes thoughts, feelings, memories, images etc. in one’s mind.  The internal constituents of grief, if expressed outside is called mourning, and is the normal response to grief. It is the full expression of sorrow (feeling the pain & despair, crying, funeral event, praying etc., sharing with someone) and involves both personal and collective response.

HEALTHY MOURNING ALLEVIATES GRIEF & HELPS RE-INTEGRATION

When it is thwarted, it could eventuate into pathological grief  (depression, suicidal intent, chronic distress, dysfunctional behaviour) 

DEALING ALONE WITH LOSS MAY BE DAUNTING & PROTRACTED

THERAPY IS ABOUT ACTIVELY SHARING EXPERIENCE OF LOSS 

Pathological grief, dysfunctional behaviour, chronicity of low moods, dissociation from environment after loss of a loved one is a serious concern and could lead to depression, substance use, catatonic state and even suicide. 

 

THERAPY FACILITATES HEALTHY MOURNING  'THE OUTWARD MANIFESTATION OF GRIEF.

 

It augments actualising the loss, helps in abstracting difficult emotions & feelings and aims to co-constitute meaning for the client and re-establish identity.

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WHEN YOU ARE SORROWFUL LOOK AGAIN IN YOUR HEART, AND YOU SHALL SEE THAT IN TRUTH YOU ARE WEEPING FOR THAT WHICH HAS BEEN YOUR DELIGHT.

KAHLIL GIBRAN
 

THERAPY IS NOT A PANCEA OR CURE FOR LOSS & GRIEF.

IT IS A RE-INTEGRATING ENGAGEMENT  

What can you expect from psychotherapy?

AT HEADSTRIDE WE OFFER A

THERAPEUTIC CONDUIT TO OUR CLIENTS TO: 

FACILITATE MOURNING AS A NORMAL RECOURSE TO GRIEF & READJUSTMENT TO LOSS

COPE WITH LOSS INDUCED ANXIETY ABOUT THE FUTURE 

UNIQUE & PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF LOSS & RE-ESTABLISHING CONNECTIVITY 

MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EXPERIENCE, CONTEXT AND CONSTRUCTIONS.

BE A PARTICIPANT IN THEIR GRIEF & SORROW TO HELP THEM RE-INTEGRATE

FACILITATE EXPRESSION OF EMOTIONS (ANGER, GUILT, FEAR, SHAME, BLAME, DESPAIR ETC.)

OPEN OUT THE CONSTITUENTS OF DEPRESSION & MOOD

THERAPY IS NOT A PANCEA OR CURE FOR LOSS & GRIEF. IT IS A RE-INTEGRATING ENGAGEMENT  

HELP THEM SEEK THE TIME, SPACE, CONTAINMENT & SUPPORT AFTER LOSS

GENERATE EXISTENTIAL PHILOSOPHICAL UNDERSTANDING ABOUT DEATH & LOSS

RENEGOTIATE ONE'S IDENTITY, MEANING, HOPE AND SENSE OF AGENCY

DEAL WITH COMPLICATED & TRAUMATIC GRIEF 

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TO EFFERVESCE IS OUR BASAL RIGHT

REGARDLESS OF LIFE'S CHALLENGES