Grief manifests in adults in many ways and is often similar in teens and children. They may experience anger, shock, sadness, guilt, or all of these emotions at the same time.
Supporting adults who are grieving is varied and depends on the individual, the nature of the loss, and several other factors. Grief counselling for adults, particularly those dealing with the loss of a loved one can have multiple purposes.
Grief is a natural response to the loss of a loved one. For most people, the symptoms of grief begin to decrease over time. However, for a small group of people, intense grief persists, and the symptoms are severe enough to cause problems and stop them from continuing with their lives. Prolonged grief disorder is characterized by intense and persistent grief that causes problems and interferes with daily life.
At La Ronge Counselling, we also focus on providing counselling for intense grief using an evidence-based therapy called “Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy.”
Prolonged Grief Disorder Treatment (PGDT) is a short-term therapy that addresses the issues that complicate grief and helps strengthen a bereaved person’s natural adaptive capacity. There are components of the therapy to help people get to know grief, manage strong emotions, think about the future, rebuild strong relationships, think about the death, revisit reminders of the loss and access living memories. PGDT delivered in 16 weekly sessions can make a dramatic difference in the life of someone with complicated grief. After PGDT, 70% of people are much improved (Columbia University).
La Ronge Counselling provides individual PGDT sessions. For CBT-i counselling to be effective, clients should be dedicated to following a framework of around 16 sessions. Each session lasts about one hour.