The chance of experiencing loss in your lifetime is 100%. Everyone encounters significant loss at some point, and grief is the emotional reaction to that loss.
Whether you face the death of a beloved family member or pet, see a marriage or job crumble, or watch your health and finances diminish, some level of grieving will occur.
It's not uncommon to experience sleeplessness, weight loss or gain, or a weakened immune system, and chronic illnesses may become worse due to the stress of grieving. Emotional responses may range from anger, sadness, guilt, fear, or anxiety to moments of relief, peace, or even happiness.
THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF
While there is no normal or expected grief response, there are five common stages observed by psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, through which many people walk. These stages include:
1. DENIAL: Disbelieving the current reality as a way of coping with overwhelming facts.
2. ANGER: Initial emotional reaction to awareness of loss.
3. BARGAINING: Adjusting to loss through the use of negotiation, compromise, or resolution.
4. DEPRESSION: Overwhelming feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
5. ACCEPTANCE: Coming to terms with the loss; sadness begins to give way to hope.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN YOUR GRIEF
AS WE ALL SHARE IN THE GRIEF AND LOSS EXPERIENCES THAT COME WITH LIFE.
iMAGINE FOR A MOMENT THAT THROUGH YOUR GRIEF YOU WILL DISCOVER A NEW WAY TO MOVE FORWARD AND ONCE AGAIN EXPERIENCE JOY IN LIFE.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to preach liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."
At Trinity Christian Counseling we accept this call very seriously.
Our ministry is aimed at reaching this call with each and every person that Christ brings to us.
Dr. Butcher has been in the counseling ministry for over thirty years and is licensed by The National Christian Counselors Association.
During this time he has counseled an untold number of individuals just like yourself, who are experiencing sorrows in their lives that are holding them back from enjoying the peace and serenity Christ has planned for each of us. Dr. Butcher holds a Doctorate in Clinical Christian Counseling
and is recognized as a grief expert and a pioneering mental health provider of issue-focused programs. Dr. Butcher is also a Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Agape Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
You were not created to be sad, depressed, angry, or stressed. These things happen when we experience loss. But when we permit ourselves to share this grief with a professional in personal sessions or in a group, it diminishes.
Grief shared is Grief diminished.....
But Joy shared is Joy increased.
"Remember You Are Not Alone in Your Grief
We are here "
COMMON MYTHS ABOUT GRIEF.
No two individuals will follow the same grief path or timetable. Grieving is an intensely personal experience, and no one should determine what is grief worthy for another. There is no "normal" or standard protocol that fits everyone. Here are some other common misconceptions:
1. If you just ignore the loss, the pain will go away
2. It's important for you to stay strong at all times
3. Tears are directly proportionate to the level of your loss.
4. After one year, you should be completely over all aspects of your loss.
AT TRINITY CHRISITAN COUNSELING YOU CAN EXPECT
"Love Heals All Hurt"
There are many useful ways to move from a place of grief to a life of healing and hope:
1. Talking about the loss with family and friends can aide in healing
2. Emotional reactions of all sorts (anger, sadness, bitterness, envy) are normal.
3. Give yourself permission to experience a wide range of emotions and not feel guilty.
4. Take care of yourself with good nutrition, exercise, and rest.
5. Avoid relying on caffeine, alcohol, or other drugs as a means of self-medicating.