What is grief?
Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one – and this type of loss does often cause the most intense grief. But any loss can cause grief, including:
I cannot say that I know or have encountered someone who has NOT experienced one or more of these forms of loss. It is a natural occurrence in life. And there are several “stages of grief“, but there really is no set way individuals respond to grief. There are many factors ranging from spiritual beliefs and culture to support systems available to the individual that affect the response to loss.
Research has shown that massage therapy can help those that are grieving. Touch has a powerful way of bringing comfort to those who hurt by stimulating hormones that are responsible for stress reduction.
In my experience working with individuals who have experienced loss, I was able to give these people a safe place to be where the only thing that was expected of them was to receive the work. They come away from the session feeling comforted, grounded and able to move on. Some cases making a referral to a local talk therapist grief support counselor may be necessary. I feel it is important to acknowledge their loss and support them while they go through the process as well as be a source of information to help guide them as they go on a journey to solace and comfort.