Research has shown that online grief support sites help grieving individuals. Still, there are times when it is wise to seek one-on-one counseling. If any of the following apply to you or your loved ones after the first month (post-loss), take action.
- You are having trouble functioning on a daily basis.
- You view life as hopeless.
- You can’t get out of bed in the morning.
- You reject all invitations.
- You don’t leave the house unless it’s an emergency.
- You overeat, over-drink, or abuse prescription drugs.
- You have panic attacks on a regular basis.
- You don’t sleep for days on end.
- Your children are acting out, getting poor grades, or not talking to you.
Where you can find a good grief counselor
- Your local hospice is federally mandated to provide bereavement services. Call and ask if they offer one-on-one counseling. Also ask about and consider joining one of their grief support groups.
- If you have a relationship with a pastor or rabbi, schedule a meeting.
- Ask your physician for a referral.
- Go to Psychology Today’s website and search for a grief counselor by zip code. http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_search.php
- When you take care of yourself emotionally you take care of yourself physically as well. Your thoughts, feelings and emotions do affect your physical health!