Face to Face & Online Grief Counselling
“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”– Jamie Anderson
The Grief Collective is a safe and gentle place for people experiencing grief and loss.
At the Grief Collective, our online grief counsellors walk with you, not trying to “fix it” but to offer possibilities for living with your new reality. Grief does not need to be a journey you travel alone.
When we are supported by others and by our community, when our grief is witnessed and acknowledged, healing and living alongside with our grief and loss can slowly and gently begin.
We create a space for you, whether it be online or face to face in Melbourne, to gently acknowledge and come into a relationship with your loss. In finding ways to compassionately acknowledge your experience of grief, we will help you find life in your loss. Eventually, you may find yourself re-engaging with your life in ways that incorporate your grief.
The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you’ll learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
What is Grief?
Grief and loss, whether from losing a loved one, a relationship break-up, the loss of a job or the death of a pet, can shake us to the core. Grief touches us all at some point in life. Losing someone close to you or grieving a big change in your life can be a deeply emotional time. The loss can be sudden and unexpected or a long journey with someone experiencing a terminal illness.
Grief describes the body and mind’s responses to the loss of something or someone and facilitates a change in behaviour as we rebuild life in the face of loss. It is an ongoing practice of adjustment and adjusting. As we grieve, we experience physical, psychological and spiritual reactions. We also experience the full range of human emotions.
Grief affects each person individually and everyone experiences it in different ways.
There is no right way to grieve, no accepted model and no way of predicting how long the period of grieving will or should last.
Some people experience:
Others may experience:
- physical pain
- sleeping problems
- poor concentration
- a change in eating habits
- problems with school or work performance
The emotions associated with grief can sometimes be confusing, overwhelming and exhausting.
Death and grief are some of the greatest taboos in the western world, where many people live in a death-denying society. Grief is often one of the hardest experiences to navigate. But it is also the most natural response when someone dies or where we are faced with a significant loss or change in our world. No loss is insignificant. There are times in our lives when we may find ourselves more affected by loss than we are able to make sense of. Grief counselling is here to guide & help you through these feelings & experiences.
“No one ever told me that grief felt like fear”– C.S. Lewis
Grief Counselling online, or face-to-face in Melbourne
For appointments at The Grief Collective, either for online grief counselling or in person with a grief counsellor in Hawthorn/Malvern, please contact us.