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Grief Counseling In Raleigh, NC, Wake Forest, NC, Fuquay Varina, NC, Clayton, NC, Cary, NC, and Garner, NC

Abrupt changes can throw us all into a place of grief and loss. Closures of your schools, places of work, ways of life. Of course, a death in your immediate circle, group, or family will cause grief. So, too, will the knowledge that all over the world, thousands are dying every day. Now, add in the compounded grief so many of us are dealing with right now. The loss of your freedom, lifestyle, expectations, celebrations, comforts, contacts, and so much more. Of course, you’re grieving. This sense of loss you feel is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not just going to go away on its own.

We All Cope with Loss Differently

Some people acknowledge a loss and move on without much disruption to their daily lives. However, most of us go through some sort of grief process. You might know this as the “stages of grief”. It’s important to know that grief isn’t always linear. It’s a process that we all have to deal with in time. Perhaps you found this page because you were searching for help with depression. Or, anger. These are both pieces of how many people cope with grief and loss.

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The Five Stages of Grief

World-renowned researchers and writers, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler have coined these five stages of grief. This list is meant to be a framework for understanding the complex emotions we deal with, not a prescribed way to grieve.
  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

“Just remember your grief is as unique as you are.” ~ David Kessler

Grief in Children

Sudden school closures. Uncertainty about when they’ll see friends again. Canceled parties. Postpones plans. Virtual playdates. And, the adults in their lives can’t give concrete answers because we just don’t know. This can be absolutely terrifying for kids who haven’t previously had to deal with such emotional upheaval. Drive-by birthday parties are no substitute for the Peppa Pig birthday party they had planned at Marbles. This is not normal. And, our kids know it.

In kids, grief usually shows up looking like something else. Depression, anxiety, or anger can be stemmed from grief or loss. Of course, children have a difficult time regulating their emotions until they are much older.  This can often result in “meltdowns”, tantrums, quick mood changes, and other expressions of anger and sadness that can be difficult to manage or understand. In times of grief and loss, this is totally normal. An expected part of childhood and learning to regulate their emotions. Family therapy or counseling for your child can be helpful.

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Grief in Teens

Right now in our world, teens are dealing with so many changes. Their expectations of the world have been shattered. In the best circumstances, their classes have moved online. As a result, they are forced to stay at home and interact with everyone they know and love via Zoom and FaceTime. They may also spend their days making TikTok videos and annoying their siblings.

COVID 19 and the impacts of coronavirus have forced our teens to grow up fast. Some teens were forced to decide whether or not to keep working in their high-risk jobs at grocery stores and other “essential” places of employment. We’ve asked our children to take on the roles at the front of this battle with an invisible enemy. Others are now primary caregivers for siblings while their parents work full-time either at home or in other “essential” roles. Now, teens with anxiety are even further affected by the worry these additional stressors bring.

Online learning isn’t the same, and they don’t know when to hope things might go back to normal. Our Seniors were robbed of rites of passage like graduation and prom. College students were suddenly sent home with belongings in trash bags. No matter what your teen is dealing with, we are here to help them cope with the new “normal” with grief counseling.

Grief and Our Global Experiences

Not only are our children and teens experiencing grief and loss, but we are too. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, adults were hurting. We deal with the realities of financial strain, devastating health news, broken relationships, shattered expectations, death, and despair regularly. How we cope with these inevitable human conditions can make all the difference in our lives.

Some of the issues people often bring to grief therapy might include:

Job Loss, Retirement or Major Career Change

Death of a Loved One

Divorce or Separation

Military Deployments

Major Medical Diagnosis or Chronic Illness

Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss

Whether your grief is permanent or circumstantial, we can help you heal. You deserve to feel more peace. Let our trained and caring grief counselor help.

The Foundations Family Therapy Approach to Grief Therapy

We offer grief counseling that works. You deserve the best possible chance at overcoming the grief and loss you are experiencing. We will walk with you through your grief, helping you heal. Depending on your belief systems, we may use a Christian counseling approach, especially when you are coping with the death of a loved one. Specific counseling techniques we use when you come to our office for grief therapy could include:

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Start Grief Counseling in Wake Forest, NC, Raleigh, NC or Fuquay Varina, NC

You were made for more than surviving. Even when it seems all hope is lost. You were made to thrive. Grief counseling at our Fuquay Varina, Raleigh, and Wake Forest therapy locations can help you now. The skilled counselors at Foundations Family Therapy can help you find your way out of the fog. To start therapy for grief and loss, follow these simple steps:


    Contact us at
    (919) 285-4802


    Meet with a caring family therapist


    Begin your journey to hope and healing

    Other Counseling Services at Foundations Family Therapy:

    Grief counseling isn’t the only service we offer. When you are ready, our team of therapists can offer you and your family supportive counseling for a wide range of concerns. We offer online and in-person services for teens, young adults,  menfamilies, and couples. We also offer Christian counselinginfertility therapy, therapy for anxietygriefdepression, and recovery from trauma. Take the first step toward a better life by calling today. Or, visit our blogFAQ, and learn more about our team for more helpful information!

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