Grief and Loss
Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a lonely and painful healing process. There is no right way to grieve although in our culture we often get messages to “get over it” quickly or grieve differently because it is upsetting for others to witness our tears. I believe it is important to have a safe space to share memories, process feelings and find ways to adjust and integrate your loss. Sometimes even our well-meaning loved ones can say or do things that feel insensitive to our pain. Anniversaries and holidays can be particularly triggering events that may require additional support.
My work with pregnancy loss is inspired from grieving my stillborn daughter over a decade ago. I am a trained HAND (Helping After Neonatal Death) volunteer and launched the North Bay chapter in 2016 which provides monthly support groups for grieving parents.
In my private practice I support individuals and couples as they navigate this devastating loss which feels so unnatural. I offer support for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, and termination. For many it is an isolating experience that can shatter hope and faith. I help bereaved parents express the pain that at times may feel unbearable. Most couples experience their grief differently from one another. I assist with opening up communication to better support the grieving process. For some it is healing to create rituals to honor their babies and express the love and care they hold for these precious children. I empower clients to voice their needs and set boundaries within their support system so their experience can be more validated.