Are Grief Support Groups Helpful? - Everything You Need To Know About Grief

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Everything you ever wanted to know about grief and loss

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What are grief support groups?


This question comes up more often than you'd imagine! In a nutshell, grief support groups are small communal groups where you can come together with other's who have also experienced grief and loss in their lives, and get the help and support you need to get you through your grieving time.


They are an excellent, private and supporting way of expressing your feelings and knowing that you are not alone!


However, in this current climate (at writing in 2020 we are currently restricted from meeting each other in person) it's not possible to get the 'live' support that you might need.


That's where social media can come in handy! There are lots of groups offering support for any kind of grief or trauma you might be experiencing.



Are grief support groups helpful?


Well, yes and no.


I have been supporting and helping people through grief and trauma for 5+ years now and in my experience, I find that grief support groups are helpful, to a point.


What do I mean by that? Well, it's absolutely normal and to be encouraged that you should speak your feelings in order to deal and process what's going on for you. In grief your usual online communities, you are not usually guided in that process by a professional.


This means that often, you are held in your grief state for longer than is necessary, because you are not given the tools and strategies needed to move out of that grief state and into a higher emotional vibration.


Also, with a somewhat uncontrolled input from all sorts of well meaning folks from around the world, it's probable that you will experience some kind of ill-advice which does not help at all!



Should I get grief counselling?


This really depends on how you are experiencing your grief, and how much it is impacting on your daily life.


In my 5 years of clinical practice, 99% of my clients were suffering the after effects of some kind of grief or trauma, long after it had happened. Sometimes decades. And often without them knowing it was impacting their lives.


Counselling also usually involves one-to-one therapy where there is the lack of support of a like-minded community. It will help you! But what about in between appointments, and after the appointments have finished?



These are my personal opinions based on over 5 years of working one-to-one with people who have suffered, sometimes severe, grief and trauma.


At the end of the day, you need to do what fits best for you.



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