Grief is the national reaction one feels when someone or something of importance is lost. It is an emotional response which may vary in intensity depending on how significant the loss was.
A person can grieve many things. The loss of a job, the loss of a pet, the loss of a loved one, the loss of health of one’s abilities. How you grieve is very much related to your personality and coping skills, your faith and beliefs as well as the nature and significance of the loss. There is no “normal” grieving nor time table in which you will begin to feel better.
There are many symptoms of grief. Shock and disbelief, anger, sadness, anxiety, panic, fear, guilt as well as physical symptoms are common however almost any emotion you feel right after a loss are normal and predictable.
There are ways to cope with grief. One of the most important ways to deal with a loss is to have the support of others. Talking with others helps to relieve the burden of the loss. Accept the love and support from friends and family. Seek the support of a trained Therapist if your grief feels overwhelming.
Born and raised in the Waterloo Region Shelley holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. Growing up in the country, Shelley appreciates the calm, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of Kitchener where she meets with her clients. She has experience providing professional therapeutic services to clients across life stages in a variety of settings.
Shelley Read - Therapist and Aging Well Consultant provide individual counselling, grief and loss therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in greater Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and St. Agatha Areas.
Shelley's focus is on helping adults clearly define and reach their personal wellness goals from a holistic perspective. She uses a compassionate and strengths-based approach when working with all individuals.