Bereavement

Therapy for bereavement in Oxford, Abingdon and Bampton

feeling sad and blue
loss of any sort can bring you down.

Bereavement is a natural process to go through, and every person takes their own time and goes through many stages. We can often suffer with feelings of relief followed closely by guilt, remorse, sadness and emptyness.

If the death was sudden, an accident or trauma, we may wish we had behaved differently towards them and feel great anxiety.
At other times if they have been ill, we may have missed the moment they passed and feel guilty that you hadn’t tried your best.

These are all natural feelings to have, and as time passes we often have to deal with other emotions as our lives change. We may have lost a partner, and a few years later find ourselves in the company of someone else and feel immense guilt. But talking through with a therapist can help you move forward and come to terms with the passing.

Solution focused therapy for Bereavement

Solution focused therapy can help someone look at the times the problem is not occurring, maybe they feel lonely, or guilty. Whatever they are going through SFT can help them look forward and move forward instead of being stuck in the moment.
As people realise there are positive moments in their life and it’s not all doom and gloom, they are able to deal with the negative emotions they often grapple with. Help of this kind can allow them to use their skills in the future and build realisations and resourcefulness.

Hypnotherapy for bereavement

Hypnotherapy can help reduce the stress of losing someone. It can help change negative thought patterns and allows a person to gently move forwards again and be able to leave the negative emotions behind.

Cognitive behavioural therapy for bereavement

Sometimes we need to gain insight into our behaviour and CBT offers a route to greater understanding. If we understand how we behave or think can influence our future behaviour, or realise certain circumstances, people or places make them feel worse, then CBT can highlight and allow the person to think about such things from a different perspective.

Mindfulness for bereavement

Focusing on the present moment can help us just be ok with our thoughts and feelings. Being mindful can help us reduce the upset we feel and to help stop worrying thoughts from becoming too overwhelming. Mindful breathing exercises can help to stay calm, cool and collected and allow compassion to develop.

BWRT for bereavement

If a passing has been traumatic then BWRT can be used to help scramble and change the distressing memories. By creating a preferred outcome, BWRT can help stop intruding thoughts and feelings.



Bereavement Case Study

A lady called Philippa from Oxford, who had lost her baby back in March, approached me recently. The purpose of her coming to see me was that she was now pregnant and she felt that she wasn’t ready yet to be a mother again, just in case it happened again. We spoke at length, and she felt there was just too much going on in her life at the moment, with her husband recovering from a heart attack. (which was triggered by the stress of the loss).

She realised who her real friends were, quite a few she’d known since childhood had simply disappeared from the scene. We discussed how quite a few people would have problems knowing what to say or do in those circumstances.

Many times during the consultation, she was in floods of tears as she recalled the horror of her experiences with the hospital. The baby had been born early, and underdeveloped, and while she had been sent home to recover, the baby passed within a matter of hours.

I gave her a copy of my CD to listen to and explained that reducing some of the stress she was experiencing, would help her bring her new baby to full term. I also recommended her husband listen to it, to help him recover from his heart attack.

One week later, she was back and grinning from ear to ear. Just being able to talk it through with someone, who was unrelated, gave her the chance to think about the future instead of the past. Her sleep was much better now, allowing her to cope with all the preparations needed for the arrival of the new baby.

Before seeing me, she was reluctant to purchase any clothing, toys or equipment. She said this is very common amongst women who had lost a child, and now she herself was setting up a charity where women who have experienced the same as her, could receive baby clothes immediately after giving birth.

She said that she got old self back and that she and the husband had laughed together for the first time since the birth and death of her daughter, and she didn’t feel guilty about it. When we lose anyone we love, it’s very difficult, the sense of loss, and the guilt of survival can take from a month to many years to overcome.

It’s never easy to deal with a subject such as this and Philippa slipped through the net as far as proper counseling is concerned. Thankfully, she is being monitored much more closely this time in the hospital and she is now expecting the next child to be healthy.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the experience of the death of a loved one then solution focused hypnotherapy can help. Call or text “bereavement” to 07759 820674, or contact me.

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Penny Ling is a widely experienced hypnotherapist who has worked with everyone from top executives to stroke victims since 2007. She has been editor of Hypnotherapy Today Magazine and is a supervisor and mentor for members of the AfSFH and NCH.

Read Penny’s inspiring story How I beat all my phobias, or find out more how hypnotherapy could help your problem by downloading How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with life. Feel free to send Penny a message here.


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