Loss can occur in almost any area of our lives and affects everyone to a lesser or greater extent in any or all stages of life (e.g. loss of health, job loss, retirement, miscarriage, ageing, loss of financial stability, loss of a loved one, loss of safety after trauma, loss of confidence, loss of a friendship, loss of a dream, loss of pet, loss of family home, emigration, etc.).
Every single person experience not one, but a long series of losses during their lifetime. People’s reaction in response to their grief and loss, often takes the form of challenging and risk-taking behaviour, withdrawal or exaggerate autonomy, addiction, drug misuse, etc. Family members and friends find themselves in a precarious position, being unsure of how to formulate an appropriate response, in order to equip their loved and themselves ones with coping skills that would help them to deal with their grief and multiple losses. Psychotherapy helps the client integrate single or multiple loss experiences into their life story, in a way that is meaningful and hopeful rather than overwhelming and self-destructive, to strengthen their inner resilience and meet their physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs, and to alleviate the pain and suffering.