Grief Support For Your Grief: Different Types Of Grief

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing grief. From the death of a loved one to a challenging experience, grief can come in a number of different ways. Fortunately, there are several different types of grief support counselors. In an effort to help you know which type of support counselor you should seek out, here is some information on the different types of grief. 

Cumulative Grief

Cumulative grief is a more intense and complicated type of grief that is brought on by a person experiencing multiple grief-inducing episodes within a short span of time. For example, many people experienced cumulative grief during the COVID-19 pandemic when they had multiple people close to them pass away from the disease within the same year. This type of grief happens because they do not have time to process the first loss before a second loss occurs. It's almost as if the loss multiplies and becomes a much bigger problem. 

Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory grief is when a person receives the news that someone close to them may pass away soon and instead of the grief hitting them after the loss, they feel it immediately. Anticipatory grief is challenging because many people do not understand that it is a thing, so you may not have the support you need. It can also be hard because, depending on the amount of grief you are experiencing, you may miss out on important moments with your loved one because you are so sad about potentially losing them. If you are experiencing this type of grief, you may really benefit from support. 

Disenfranchised Grief

Disenfranchised grief is when you feel grief for something that society or the people around you deem inappropriate. For example, you could feel deep grief for the passing of an animal but the people around you may see it as a small loss. Consequently, you may not receive the support you need. This can also happen for people who mourn those who were in prison, a gang, or who made different lifestyle choices. 

In conclusion, while there are several types of grief discussed here, there are more. If none of these grieving patterns sound like yours, keep searching. You could also seek out a grief support counselor who will likely be able to help you pinpoint exactly what you are going through. Grief is challenging and may take quite a bit of time to deal with, though a counselor may be able to help you get back to your life and the things you once enjoyed. May you find peace and help in your journey.