What death means for living and what happens after are big questions that unite all of us (Schlitz, 2015). I feel we strive to be better versions of ourselves and that living our lives preparing to die is how we find meaning and purpose. Death is the best teacher.
I understand and deeply believe that the grief which comes from the excruciating pain of loss is not a medical condition but a human experience. While medication and diagnosis may be helpful for some, I truly believe we each have the capacity within ourselves to heal, grow and transform.
This is reflected in my work and integrated framework for practice which draws upon therapy models that include narrative, strengths based, and process oriented modalities. All work is informed by attachment and trauma therapy, and is deeply respectful of the uniqueness of each human being and the story they bring with them.
Coming to terms with know you or someone you love is dying can be both surreal and painful. Saying goodbye is usually a time we feel unprepared for, and which can bring up memories, questions and 'unfinished business'.
Each person's experience is deeply unique and grief can begin long before someone dies. Sometimes feelings can centre around love - and sometimes they can involve guilt, regret or remorse. Every situation and life story is different.
Sometimes, there is concern about whether a life has has been lived well enough; whether enough been done through life; how to prepare loved ones and especially children; will the person being left behind cope.
The 'stuff' we might talk about can include the worry and grief of losing or leaving loved ones, making meaning of life - and death, and/or finding one's spiritual path. We can also explore how to live with dignity, and how to die with grace.
Other things we may explore can include:
I have lots of resources in relation to death and dying for both adults and children if you are interested in just knowing how or where to access further information.
Please feel free to email or call me and I will contact you back so we can organise a time to have a conversation about your needs. If you or someone you love cannot come to Satori then we can discuss whether you would prefer me to come to you.
When someone you love and cherish dies, the world changes. While we know dying is a part of life, nothing prepares us for the anguish and sorrow felt in bereavement. Many people do not need counselling per se, and many have friends and family around them for support and love. But sometimes being able to speak without filter can be beneficial. As well, sometimes counselling can be helpful when friends and family go back to a life, that for the bereaved, can sometimes stand still.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you feel you would like more information. As well, you may find you are eligible for a care plan through your GP.