There’s a gaping, person-sized hole in your heart and your life. The thought that you will never speak to, hold, smell, kiss, or see your loved one smile again is simply beyond believing. Beyond reason, you keep expecting him to show up around the corner, down the cereal aisle of the grocery store. You lie awake at night imagining his slumbering face, the sounds of his snores that used to drive you crazy. You wish you could take back every nasty comment, every annoyed jibe, every thoughtless spat, and replace every one of those moments with the overflowing, boundless affection you have always felt for this man. But he’s gone. He’s gone, and every morning brings the realization of your new reality: you’re awakening to a world without him.
Loss can take numerous forms, from the death of a loved one, to being fired from your job, to a major decline in financial stability, to divorce, to illness. Every major change—even the positive ones—comes with the loss of something. As the poet Elizabeth Bishop writes, “so many things seem filled with the intent / to be lost that their loss is no disaster,” of course meaning quite the opposite. Anything that you feel is a loss can be a disaster to your heart. Loss is a universal human experience that we must find a way to cope with, and True Life Center for Wellbeing can help you to navigate the painful waters of your grief.
Grief is the emotional process of dealing with loss in which many of us can lose ourselves. There are multiple stages of grief, varying from person to person and loss to loss. Among the classically referenced emotional states are disbelief, fear, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. No two people share the same grief experience, and it can take anywhere from days to decades to cope with a significant loss. While grieving, you may experience confusion and bewilderment, debilitating sadness and despondency, heightened fear and panic, overwhelming guilt over past action or lack thereof, and an overall sense of hopelessness.
It’s important to know that grief over loss is a normal human experience and a necessary one at that. Allowing your grief to run its course is far healthier than trying to hide it, suppress it, or otherwise deny it. The pain underlying your grief won’t simply disappear without being acknowledged and fully felt. That’s why it is so critical for those undergoing a process of grief to seek support and help, and that’s why our compassionate team of healers at True Life is here. Contact us todayto find out how we can manage the pain of your loss and slowly begin to rediscover a way of healthy, authentic living as your truest self.
La Jolla Treatment Center Provides Grief and Loss Treatments for Clients in Southern California and Nationwide
When you’re suffering, it’s easy for the world to melt away and seem like a washed out landscape of sameness. You may be indifferent to the natural wonders and little daily miracles around you. But at True Life Center for Wellbeing, the breathtaking Pacific panorama will remind you of how beautiful this world of ours can be. Watch the glorious golden sunsets light the clouds on fire after a yoga session, breathe in the briny ocean air as you go for a morning stroll before your group therapy session. Let the wonder of setting, in the picturesque seaside village of La Jolla, California, transport you from your pain to a place of inner tranquility, even if only for moments at a time.
Serving clients nationwide, True Life is an integrative mental health wellness center and destination treatment center. Our experts are trained in helping people cope with the tremendous, life-changing burden of loss. We treat your entire person, as we believe that a multipronged approach to recovery works best when it takes care of the body and the mind.
The following professional healers are here for you:
Executive Medical Director
Three full-time psychiatrists
At our center in gorgeous Southern California, we help to guide our patients on a journey that we design together. Individual psychotherapy, group therapy, education classes, and mindfulness meditation are among the treatment options we offer to treat all aspects of your life that are affected by your grief. One of the most important elements of recovering from major loss is being reminded that you are not alone. Our psychotherapists are trained in a wide array of therapeutic styles, and we will identify the therapist who best matches your specific needs. You will have a dedicated and committed partner in journey of recovery. Studies have shown that this kind of one-on-one talking session may be able to alter your brain’s structure, helping to rewire the pathways that are making it so difficult for you to move forward with your life after your loss. Participating in support groups and group therapy sessions can help to provide a sense of community and support and help you to manage your feelings in the long term as you adjust your life to your new reality. Our range of holistic healing practices, including massage, acupuncture, pilates, yoga, nutrition, guided image meditation, and fitness consultations, will help to keep your body healthy and engaged, balancing out the time you spend perseverating on sad thoughts and images. Call us todayto find out how we can design the best program for you to start living your life again.
Signs and Symptoms of Grief and Loss
Grief is so common to human experience that most of us have already encountered it at one time or another, either in ourselves or through a loved one’s experience of it. The coinciding emotional states can include shock and disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, and fear. Grief may also manifest physically, causing weight change, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, joint pain, muscle aches, and lowering your immunity. If these signs and symptoms resonate with you or someone you know, contact True Life now to plan the best way to cope with your emotional and psychological turmoil. Our team of caring health professionals knows how to help you through your suffering and is ready to start work as soon as you are.
Although virtually everyone has experienced grief over loss at some point or another, some individuals respond to loss more severely. Complicated grief is a more intense form of grief that occurs in certain people and may start to interfere with daily functioning.
What are symptoms to watch for?
Intense, persistent longing for the deceased
The presence of intrusive thoughts and/or images
Outright denial of the death or disbelief over it
Searching for the departed in everyday places
Avoiding things that remind you of your loss
Anger, resentment, or bitterness in an extreme form
Feeling that life has no meaning
Spending significant amounts of time imagining your loved one alive
Those dealing with grief may also lapse into a state of depression. What are the warning signs?
Tremendous sense of guilt
Suicidal thoughts and/or a preoccupation with death
Feeling of hopelessness
Feeling of worthlessness
Lack of normal daily functioning
Seeing or hearing things (visual/auditory hallucinations)
Slowed speech and/or movement
No matter where you are in the grieving process, know that there is hope. Your life will never be the same, and we won’t try to pretend that we can fill the emptiness that your loss has created by replacing that person or that thing that you’re grieving. But we can help you to create new patterns and find ways to get pleasure in daily life that you don’t believe you will ever find again. True Life Center for Wellbeing is equipped with the experts and the facilities to help you find your authentic self again. Don’t spend another day fighting this battle alone; let our caring team help you with your loss.
What is the impact of grief and loss?
Grief can have a range of impacts on your daily life, from tiny reminders that twist a subtle knife in your heart, to overwhelming listlessness and total loss of interest in life. If untreated or denied, it can lead to serious cases of depression, the development of anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and other health-related problems. A week away from job may be enough for some people to pick themselves up and start to reclaim some semblance of normalcy; a week can turn into a year for others. You may avoid your friends and the places that remind you of your loss. You may be indulging in too many pints of ice cream or too many packs of cigarettes, watching the same movie on a repeat loop to escape from or even to indulge and wallow in your grief.
Every person responds differently, and our experts will work with you to determine the best route to your individual recovery. If your grief is consuming you, don’t try to wait it out. Reach out to the experts in loss and grief; call us to set up your initial consultation and learn about what our beautiful center has to offer you.
Effective Treatment and Recovery for Grief and Loss
There’s no timetable for recovering from grief, and we are not interested in hurrying you up. Our patient psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and wellness experts are in tune with your process and are ready to become your partners in recovery. Don’t let grief rob the meaning from your life. Remember that you can keep going, and you will actually honor your loved one even more by living your life to the fullest. We don’t ask you to avoid the grief process; rather, we will help you along it and make sure that you take good care of yourself along the way.
Effective treatment and recovery for grief and loss is specific to the individual, but some important practices have been shown to help more people than not. Taking good care of yourself by eating healthily and getting proper exercise is crucial to building sustainable, lifelong solutions for coping. Our fitness offerings will allow you to get out of your head and in touch with your body by a beautiful coastline, all at your own pace. Express your loss through journaling or painting. Find outlets for your grief and channel your feelings into them. We will help you to find a stable support system and encourage you to establish a network of support in your own community. Where necessary, we will prescribe appropriate medications to complement the holistic and therapeutic techniques we decide on together.
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