Grief and Loss is a journey, and one that everyone will face. Contrary to popular belief, the stages of grief are not linear - you don't graduate from one and move on to the next. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who presented the Five Stages of Grief, never meant for it to be interpreted as it is now. Rather, the five stages will come and go as needed to be able to process your loss. I was fortunate to be able to complete my internship at Judi's House, a non-profit organization that helps children and families cope with the death of a loved one. Children especially struggle to deal with grief, as they are often too young to be able to express their emotions with words. Play Therapy can be very beneficial for children coping with a loss, as it creates a safe place for them to express the myriad of emotions that they are feeling.
Grief and Loss does not always involve a death - it can represent a break-up, loss of job or a realization that a dream may not be fulfilled. There is no one-size-fits-all approach and no speciifc way to deal with grief. Counseling can help individuals identify what they are feeling and learn to process those feelings in a way that makes sense for them.