Grief Counseling in
Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs, Adairsville, and Cartersville Georgia.
(Loss, Miscarriage, and Infertility)
- How has the pain of loss touched your life?
- How do you heal when you lose someone you love?
- What if that person is someone you longed to hold in your arms but were never given the chance to meet?
- What if the loss isn’t a person but is a job, a home, your health or a missed opportunity?
- How do you keep going when the pain of loss leaves your body feeling like lead?
- What do you do when every well-meaning attempt to help you “move on” causes your body to stiffen and your heart to seize?
- How do you relate to God when He could have prevented your pain but allowed it to happen?
Grief is normal, but oh so hard.
All of us experience loss at some point in our lives. It is inevitable. Although grief is universal, the pain is very personal. It can take your breath away and leave you feeling lost. Often, those around us are unable to help – and that can be true even when they are sharing in this grief.
Grief itself is confusing for many people and has different ways of showing up in our lives – including death of a loved one, infertility or miscarriage.
Psychology Today states, “For some people, grief is a short-term phenomenon, also known as acute grief, although the pain may return unexpectedly at a later time. But other individuals may experience prolonged grief, also known as complicated grief, lasting months or years. Without help and support, such grief can lead to isolation and chronic loneliness.” When grief becomes too much to manage alone, it is time for someone to come alongside you.
If you’re considering grief counseling, you may be wondering:
If grief is normal, how do I know I need help? To answer this question, you may want to consider how long you have been burdened by your grief. Has it been a few days, a few weeks, a few months or a few years? The journey we go through when we lose someone or something we love can take more time than we imagined. But if grief continues for many months or for more than a year, you might want to talk to someone about it. Another consideration is the severity. Is your grief so sharp, so heavy or so encompassing that it impacts your ability to function at home, at school or at work? If so, you may need someone to help you address your pain.
Will insurance cover grief counseling? The short answer to this question is that it depends. Because grief is considered a normal response to loss, it may not be covered. However, when response to loss becomes unusually difficult or lasts an extended period of time, it may be considered “complicated” and stand a greater chance of being covered.
What if I believe my grief is “normal,” but I just need someone to talk to? We believe that “two are better than one…if either of them falls down, one can help the other up” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. We understand the impact of loss, and we want to help you up.
As you consider miscarriage counseling or infertility counseling, you may be wondering:
How do I know it is time for counseling? As with grief counseling for other losses, you might want to consider how the pain of infertility or miscarriage is impacting your life, including your relationships with other people. Are you able to function at work, home, or school without the burden weighing on your body or mind? Is there increased irritability or conflict with your partner? Is a focus on pregnancy creating a strain in your emotional intimacy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, how long has this been happening and have you found anything so far to help you manage?
Although 12-13% of couples in the United States experience infertility and 10-15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, talking about the emotional suffering endured remains almost taboo. It seems the inability to understand such grief is prevalent. However, if you find that miscarriage or infertility is indeed hindering your relationships or your ability to function without heavy sorrow, then it may be time to call.
You are not alone.
If you would like to make an appointment for grief counseling, miscarriage counseling, or infertility counseling, or to discuss any questions you may have, we are available at (678) 631-7639. If we are with a client and unable to answer, we will call you back as soon as possible, usually within 24-48 business hours Monday through Friday.