“Each person’s grief is as unique as their fingerprint, but what everyone has in common is that , no matter how they grieve, they share a need for their grief to be witnessed.”
- David Kessler
Disenfranchised grief and loss:
The death of a family member is about the only loss sanctioned in broader American culture. Even this mourning can seem time-limited and socially curtailed by numerous expectations and occurrences of privileging certain experiences over others. But people are regularly highly impacted by non-death losses that dismantle life as we’ve known it and disrupt stability in a way that hugely impacts daily life, our relationships, our sense of hope, and even our sense of self. Whether your grief results from a relocation, an estranged relationship, loss of a dream, your health, or your faith, such experiences can feel confusing and particularly isolating when there seems to be no one available within your circumstances or contexts who understands the depth of heartache that can result from the intermingling complexities of your life story with the particular loss you are experiencing. And, even if your grief does involve death, it still may not be sufficiently appreciated by others. Maybe you’ve lost a child through miscarriage, lost a beloved pet, or suffer the complex emotions resulting from the death of an ex-spouse. No matter what your situation, processing your significant loss is essential for ongoing wellbeing.
Your story matters to me. I would be honored to walk alongside you and help you find meaning within your unique experience of loss to move forward into living.