I've been reflecting on the impact that COVID-19 has been having on us. I believe we experience it in a similar way to the stages of grief:
Shock and denial
Pain and guilt
Depression, reflection and loneliness
The upward turn
Reconstruction and working through.....
Acceptance and hope
(stages taken from www.recover-from-grief.com)
If you have lost a loved one recently then these stages will have an even more profound impact on your wellbeing, especially if you have been unable to say goodbye. I've worked with the trauma of bereavement and grief for 8 years and I hope I can help you during these unprecedented times. I'm happy to discuss fees as I feel that no-one should be without support for financial reasons. Tell me if you are a 'front line' worker. Many of you will have access to an NHS Employee Assistance Program which is free for 6 sessions. If you find yourself without support after these finish, please contact me.
Think about making a memory box. Some people like to put photos, letters and memories in an album or book. It may be too painful to do this at first but accumulating memories or obituaries in a safe place for later may be helpful.
At the moment I am offering therapy by phone or video until I am able to work face to face again in Bristol, Southville and Chippenham. your own words...