Dr. Tia Buchanan, M.A., NCCA LCCC, ABCST 13741, Rev., DMin.; M.A., M.S., CIT, CPT, CSSBB, NCC, LPCS/C, LAC, EMDRC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate SC Licensed Professional Counselor (6810) Licensed Addiction Counselor (178) EMDR Clinician (+EMDRIA Professional Member) NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor (13741)
Dr. Tia Buchanan, M.A., NCCA LCCC, ABCST 13741, Rev., DMin.; M.A., M.S., CIT, CPT, CSSBB, NCC, LPCS/C, LAC, EMDRCLicensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate SCLicensed Professional Counselor (6810)Licensed Addiction Counselor (178)EMDR Clinician (+EMDRIA Professional Member)NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor (13741)

Grief Counseling

Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one. Grief; however, is a reaction to ANY form of loss, including loss from divorce, seperation from a loved one, and even trauma.  Grief can be complicated by other conditions, most notably depression, or by the person’s level of dependency on the departed.

Both of these encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger, and the process of adapting to significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to what was lost, and other factors. There is no right or wrong way to experience grief, though some thoughts and behaviors after a loss can be more helpful or safe than others.

Grieving Thoughts and Behaviors

Grief is associated with feelings of sadness, yearning, guilt, regret, and anger, among others. Some people may experience a sense of meaninglessness, and others can feel a sense of relief. Emotions are often surprising in their strength or mildness, and they can also be confusing, such as when a person misses a painful relationship. Thoughts during grief can vary from “there’s nothing I can do about it” to “it’s my fault, I could have done more” or from “she had a good life” to “it wasn’t her time.” They can be troubling or soothing, and people in grief can bounce between different thoughts as they make sense of their loss. Grieving behaviors run from crying to laughter, and from sharing feelings to engaging silently in activities like cleaning, writing, or exercising. Some people find comfort in the company of others, particularly with those who may be similarly affected by the loss, and others may prefer to be alone with their feelings.

Complicated Grief

The experience of grief is not something a person ever recovers from completely, but time tempers intensity. The term complicated grief refers to a persistent form of bereavement that dominates a person’s life, interfering with daily functioning for an extended period of time.

Symptoms of complicated grief are nearly identical to those of acute grief, and the length of time it takes for a person to grieve is highly variable and dependent on context.  When symptoms are interminable without improvement, lasting for at least one year or more and interfering with one’s ability to return to routine activities, complicated grief may be implicated, a person’s grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings are extremely distressing, unrelenting, or incite concern.  Seeking help with our highly qualified mental health professional may help.


We make every effort in providing our clients with the highest quality mental health and counseling services.

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Normal symptoms of bereavement can mimic those of depression, but these symptoms typically pass within two months of the loss. For those who may be vulnerable to depression, grief has the potential to precipitate a depressive episode, and for those who already experience depression, the bereavement process can be prolonged and worsened by the depression. If you or someone you love needs help, call now for an appointment.

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