Trauma, Grief & Loss
The process of going through grief and loss will look different from person to person, and so it is difficult to identify what is considered to be “normal” as a definition for grieving. Although the process can vary from person to person, or from situation to situation, there are some commonalities expected when someone is going through the process of grief and loss.
Grief and loss can also present a number of ways too. Whether we are grieving the death of a family member or friend, or the loss of a relationship, or entering into a big life transition, the stages of grieving what once was and entering into the “new normal” can present as troublesome and difficult to cope with. The important part is that we learn how to identify how each of us will go about coping with that loss, and allowing ourselves the space to work through our emotional reactions and thoughts associated with the person or situation. The goal is to allow yourself to experience and adjust to the change that comes from the grieving process.
When the symptoms of grief linger and become debilitating, normal grief may become complicated, unresolved, protracted, traumatic, or complicated grief.
Contrary to what some people may tell you, there is no “order” to how you should grieve. Each person will move through such feelings in their own time and in their own order. It is the grieving process that allows us to move forward and learn to accept the reality of the loss.
People with unresolved trauma will notice themselves being triggered easily (when a small event triggers an oversized reaction), having flashbacks/nightmares, unable to perform some “normal” life tasks, or difficulty participating in “normal” life experiences because they are suddenly overwhelmed.
Trauma therapy helps survivors to safely process and heal from a wide range of trauma.