Grief is a normal and natural response to loss, that can have a profound effect on our relationships. Shared losses might draw us closer to a partner so that the experience is faced together, or the relationship may become strained and disconnected. Since we all grieve in different ways, sometimes it can be hard to find the emotional capacity to support someone else, when you are suffering yourself. It is common to self-protect when we are stressed and in pain, but this means we might shut down when it could be more helpful to open up and allow others in to help.
Couples bereavement counselling offers a safe and neutral space to work through the pain of grief and loss, helping to strengthen couple bonds, increase understanding and find ways of mutual support and communication. It can also help you find a shared sense of hope going forwards. This type of couples counselling can support different kinds of losses including:
The loss of a child, sibling or parent
Bereavement by suicide
Delayed onset of grief
Counselling can also be a helpful way of exploring anticipatory loss, when someone close to you or you look after, is living with a chronic or life-limiting illness.
As an experienced bereavement counsellor and qualified couples therapist, I have an interest in working with couples in grief who would like to work together, rather than individually. I offer in-person bereavement counselling for couples in a relaxed and comfortable environment, working with a warm, supportive and non-judgemental approach to whatever you need to talk about.
Couples bereavement counselling fees - £70 per 60 minute session.
As a first step I provide a free initial assessment in-person or online for around 30 minutes, so we can talk about what is going on for you, your expectations of couples bereavement counselling and how I might be able to help. I will email some forms to be completed by you both, before this session takes place.