Lorraine Balfe - Counselling & Therapy Service
Lorraine Balfe M.A. Dip. Counselling MBACP (Accred.)
Have you been recently bereaved? Maybe it was some time ago? It can take a long time to process, because it's a journey and for many, it's a pain like nothing you ever can imagine. Waves of sadness can overwhelm you and you know that life without the loved one, will never be the same. At first you may be in shock, disbelief, you cannot take in the fact that your loved one has gone. You may feel hopeless and helpless, you may also feel nothing...numb. That is the minds way of coping. It's too much to accept.
Do you need to express your pain, your loss, your anger, your grief? Many people find it difficult to speak openly to friends or family about their grief but you know you need to.
Bereavement counselling can help you. There is no 'cure' for grief, it is a human response to loss, a sacrifice for the love you shared. Sometimes it is more complicated, such as if the relationship was damaged, there is no chance of restoration now. This brings a different set of emotions.
I started my bereavement counsellor training in 1996, when I volunteered to work for the national charity, CRUSE. I worked with bereaved people here for 7 years. Following that, I have worked in GP practices and private practice, where I have counselled many bereaved clients.
In 2008, I completed a Masters in Counselling at the University of Manchester. My dissertation was:
A STUDY OF THE PROCESSES OF GRIEF AS A YOUNGER WIDOW - HOW WAS A POSITIVE OUTCOME OBTAINED?