Your life has changed forever.
Your loss has left a hole in your life and you feel torn apart.
You can't go back and you struggle to imagine a better future.
Sometimes you feel empty, tired, angry, foggy, or disconnected.
You replay moments, retell stories, regret missed opportunities, and grieve lost dreams.
worry a lot
don't want to feel better
You're afraid one day you'll forget.
Grief is the internal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual response to loss and death.
Grief is complicated, and it's normal.
Everything is different now, and will never be the same again.
Suffering can feel lonely when you're told to keep busy, be grateful, and other unhelpful things.
Responses to grief vary based on circumstances, personality, culture, relationship, support, trauma and stress.
You don't have to:
put it in the past
control your emotions
A therapist can help you travel your journey of grief and loss.
Grief counselling allows you to explore and share your experience of sorrow.
You can listen and move through your feelings.
Some days all you can do is find a reason to put your feet on the floor and get out of bed.
Other days you will find new meaning and hope.
It is possible to look forward to the good that is yet to be.
When you embrace all of your feelings including sadness and fear, you also create space for happiness and peace.
You can remember and smile.
What if you could...
create meaningful rituals
find your new normal
feel connected again
laugh without guilt
live with purpose
A good grief therapist will sit with you in the darkness and confusion.
As you build trust in your counsellor and yourself, you can gain confidence to allow your experience.
You can explore your emotions, thoughts, and sensations in a compassionate space where there is no judgment or pressure to change.
Grief counselling can help you care for yourself with patience and curiosity and feel light again.
Grief therapy can help you:
acknowledge your new reality
feel your loss and pain
share stories and memories
search for meaning
ask for and receive help
develop a new self-identity
At Therapy Alberta, we will honor your story and walk alongside you in your grief journey.
You can expect your counsellor to help you move through the transformative process of grief.
In grief therapy, we will hold space for all parts of your experience.
We can help you shift your relationship from reliving to remembering.
There is no best way or model that guides grief - you will have your own responses, needs, and tools for coping and healing.
We will learn what you need to feel safe to share your internal grief and safely mourn in external expressions of grief.
We offer in person and online counselling so you can connect to a therapist anywhere in Calgary and across Alberta.
The best therapist to meet your unique needs might live in a different area.
We love online therapy because it's convenient and flexible.
You'll love online therapy if you are:
a little nervous about going to therapy
most comfortable in your own space
choosing a therapist based on your preferences
okay skipping the drive and physical meeting
We build great relationships online and sometimes the distance makes it a little easier to explore and process vulnerable parts of your grief.
Our therapists offer evening and weekend appointments to fit your lifestyle.
You might still have some questions or concerns about grief counselling...
What is grief and mourning?
Grief is the internal physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual response to death and loss. Mourning is the external response to death and loss, often seen in actions, outward signs, rituals, ceremonies, and traditions. Grief is individual, while mourning is shown and shared.
What is complicated grief?
Some people label grief as complicated when a person experiences prolonged effects after loss. In reality, there are many things that complicate grief including traumatic circumstances, relationship to the person, culture, personality, family support, external responses, spirituality, isolation and avoidance. Grief requires a person to go into anxiety, depression, and loss of control - this is all a normal part of the process if you allow yourself to feel and move through them.
Are there stages of grief?
Some people and clinicians theorize there are stages that people pass through when experiencing grief. However, two people's experiences of grief are never the same, and even one person's responses to grief vary immensely between situations. Grief is not linear, nor is it predictable.
Is grief counselling just for death?
Change, loss, death and dying can all bring up responses of grief within our bodies and minds. Grief counselling can help if you lost a child, partner, sibling, parent, or pet, and it can also help if you experienced grief after illness, natural disaster, job loss or retirement.
How long does grief last?
How long will you continue to live and love? Grief is not meant to be resolved. Grief will last as long as you feel a response to your loss; however, the distress caused by your grief will last until you allow your responses and move through them to reconcile your loss with your new reality.
How much does grief counselling cost?
Our grief therapy sessions are $200 with a psychologist or social worker and $150 with a counsellor per 50-minute session. We offer direct billing for most insurance companies, or a receipt to claim for re-imbursement or as a medical expense on your taxes if you see a psychologist or social worker.