Bereavement Counseling in Batavia, IL
Is your grief too heavy?
Grieving the death of a loved one is an unimaginable and heartbreaking experience to have to live with. The weight of the sadness and emptiness can be unbearable. All of the words left unsaid, all of the dreams left unfinished, all of the memories shared and left undone haunt you. You feel like you’ll never be able to smile again without feeling guilt. Death leaves a hole in our hearts and our lives.
Grieving is to be expected, for it is the price we pay for being human. But sometimes grief can be too heavy and you need someone you can share the burden with. You need someone who can listen without judgment, without platitudes, without telling you to move on already. We can help. We can help you begin to feel whole again by using proven treatment approaches designed to help you balance your grief with living with joy.
We specialize in:
Children and Adolescent Grief Support
Our approach is to help you restore a sense of joy in living while honoring your grief. Working through grief is a difficult task that requires courage and a commitment to doing the hard work. You'll identify ways that you feel stuck and we'll work together to help you heal from those losses to find a meaningful life.
When you are ready, We'll be here. We'll join you on your journey to help you along your way. You don't need to go it alone.
When your partner or spouse dies, your world changes. Many often feel entirely alone and incomplete. This new life is one the will require you to adapt and create a new identity and for some bereaved spouses and partners, this is one of life's greatest challenges. There are no quick fixes and no easy answers, but you probably already knew that. However, We're guessing that you want to feel better, feel less sad, and find a reason to keep going. Grief counseling isn't about forgetting your loved one or moving on. It's about finding a way to through the grief. It's about finding ways to honor your grief while also finding ways to live a life worth living.
For children and teens, grieving the death of a loved one is often made difficult for many reasons. They often struggle with feeling safe in their world again for their world has changed without their permission. It can create feelings of anxiety and insecurity. Children also struggle with understanding death due to their cognitive development. Adults often use euphemisms for death that create confusion. Children often act out their grief in ways that are worrisome for the adults in their lives. Children may act out due to feelings of insecurity, abandonment, to invoke punishment, or to protect themselves from future losses as well as to externalize their grief. It's important that we acknowledge that children and adolescents need additional support to help them find ways to stay connected to their loved one and resume their childhood. Our grief therapist specializes in support children and teens.
Don't let your child or teen struggle alone.
We can help them work through this so that they can be a kid again.
Death of a Child
Experiencing the death of a child is one of the most devastating losses for a parent. Our role as a parent is to protect and nurture our child and when the unspeakable happens it can feel like we failed. Our will to live, our purpose for living comes into question. For many, it can cause feelings of both numbness and intense outrage at the injustice. You may have seen your child suffer from an illness or injury or it may have been sudden and unexpected. However, neither can prepare you for saying goodbye too soon.
Perinatal Loss (Miscarriage, Ectopic Pregnancy, Stillbirth, and Newborn death)
Trying to say goodbye to someone you didn't meet but loved wholeheartedly is a painfully difficult task. For many learning that they are pregnant begins the journey into parenthood, dreaming of a name, imagining whom they will most look like, fantasizing about whom they will become, and wishing you could hold them in your arms. When parents grieve the loss of their unborn or newborn baby, they are grieving the hopes and dreams of a future with their baby, the potential, and the yet-to-be-known. I want you to know that we understand that your loss is real and painful.
If you are finding it difficult to get through the days, struggling to connect and communicate with your loved ones or anxious about your future family, please reach out.
We can help you get in a better place so that you can find peace and happiness again.
Survivors of tragic deaths often struggle with "why" questions and "if only" fantasies. Grief is often compounded with feelings of guilt and anger towards injustices creating feelings of anguish. For many, there is a deep sadness that seems to consume every aspect of life. Grievers of a tragic death often feel isolated due to a stigma-related death. Grievers feel isolated in their grief because others don't know how to talk about death or how to support grievers.
We specialize in:
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