A grief coach walks someone through learning to live with loss, whether it’s a family member, a loved one or even a way of life. No one should have to navigate the grieving process alone and having an unbiased third party can help you understand the five stages of grief and how to get through them.
Grief coach vs. grief counselor
A grief counselor (or therapist) is better equipped to handle situations where grief has swallowed a person’s life. These people may be spiraling into depression or unable to handle even the simplest of daily tasks. Counselors can diagnose mental illness and sometimes prescribe medication. Grief counseling starts with moving a nonfunctioning client to functioning.
A grief coach works to move a client from functioning to highly functioning and starts with where they are in the moment. The grief coach will always assume a client is full of potential and helps them set a goal toward personal growth after experiencing a loss.
What happens during a grief coaching session?
During a session, a grief coach will talk you through your grief journey every step of the way. Plan to discuss:
- Honoring your loved one’s legacy
- What happens now
- How to process grief
- Permission to move forward
- Release of trauma
- Creation of new routines and traditions
- Coping mechanisms
When do I need a grief coach?
If not tended to, grief can consume a person’s life. After I lost a loved one to suicide, the grief hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt devastation, anger, depression, fear and confusion all at once, which led me to finding my own grief coach.
You may need grief support if:
- You’re not sure how to move forward
- You can’t figure out how to live your life in a fulfilling way
- Coping mechanisms aren’t working
- You’re closing yourself off to loved ones
If you’re looking for an anchor in your storm of emotions, let’s get started with a free 30-minute consultation today. It’s time to honor the life you have by moving forward.