Grief is one of the most difficult and overwhelming experiences that you'll ever face, so it's understandable that you need support and help navigating through this challenging time in your life. At Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead and the Financial District in New York, the compassionate care providers are experts in the field of psychiatry, so they know exactly how to support and guide you through this time. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
“I didn’t know how hard his death had hit me until I broke down crying at work, three months after we buried him.”
Grief and bereavement are an inevitable part of life. As humans, we understand that we will all die one day, and that knowledge can strengthen us and help us value those we love. However, when a loved one dies, no one is truly ready for it. Grief crashes into you like a wave, both disorientating and overwhelming.
When grief is effectively processed, the bereavement period is ultimately a healthy part of life. However, most people are not prepared to process grief on their own, and help from professionals is often necessary. At Mindful Urgent Care, our team of compassionate mental health professionals will provide you with treatment the very day you choose to ask for help. You will be invited in to a comfortable front office, with relaxing music and refreshments, helping you feel at ease while taking that all-important first step.
You will see a psychiatric medical provider on your first visit, who will assess and work with you to explore how they can help you grieve. They will help you understand that you are not alone in feeling out of your depth, and they will discuss how the process normally occurs. If the loss has triggered depression or other mood disorders, they will prescribe medication to reduce your symptoms, and recommend a treatment plan. Alternatively, they will refer you to a mental health professional for therapy, as well as our support groups at the Wolfpack Program, to help you process your grief effectively.
After two weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment with your clinician to assess how the bereavement period is going, followed by a further session a month later. By this point, you will have a clearer idea of your coping styles and how prepared you are to manage the remaining ups-and-downs of the grieving process. You will continue with monthly follow-up visits to evaluate your progress and adjust any medication if necessary. Through all of your challenges, setbacks, achievements, and victories, the team at Mindful Urgent Care will be by your side.
If you have suffered a loss and would like support, call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule a consultation online today.
Bereavement refers to the period after a loss during which you grieve and try to process your experience. During the bereavement, you will experience a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and despair. Most of us think we would rather never feel how we feel during bereavement. However, grief is a healthy expression of love and our ability to attach meaning to life.
The bereavement process is therefore very important, and it plays an important role in how you grieve, memorialize, and ultimately move on.
Because grief can be so overwhelming, we are not well-equipped to handle it on our own. When we try and do so, we are either paralyzed by the emotions or avoid processing them fully. In the first instance, we have difficulty living functionally and end up processing the grief in a destructive way. In the second instance, we don’t process the grief fully or at all, and remaining feelings continue to impact our lives, whether or not we are aware of them.
Everyone’s experience of grief is different, especially considering that loved ones die at different ages, different stages of life, and in different manners. Losing a parent is, for example, not the same as losing a child. Neither type of grief is necessarily better or worse than the other, but it will impact you in a different way. The same can be said for a loss that happens suddenly or occurs over a long period of time.
There is therefore no one-size-fits-all approach to bereavement. Seeing a therapist is, however, a good place to start, as they will help you talk through the loss and explore what you are struggling with most. They can help you identify what is particularly difficult to deal with, and in which ways you may be avoiding confronting the loss.
Our grief support groups at the Wolfpack Program are also helpful, as they give you the opportunity to share your story and your feelings, as well as the comfort of not having to go through it alone. Different support groups exist to help people with different kinds of losses.
Grief feels overwhelming and no one is truly ready for bereavement. With the help of professionals, as well as the comfort of support groups, you can process your grief in a healthy way that lets you remember your loved one and helps you to live with their loss.