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Navigating Grief Brain: A Compassionate Guide to Grief Counseling

Published by Cassandra Goar MA, LPC, NCC 2/1/24

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The Scoop on Grief Brain: Let's Dive In

So, you’ve lost someone near and dear to you and are trying to cope with the fact that they’re gone and all the emotions that are arising. I sincerely hope you're finding moments of peace amidst the storm. Let's delve into the concept of "Grief Brain." It's a common companion on the grief journey, manifesting as memory lapses and decision-making puzzles. As we navigate these nuances, know that you're not alone.


The Neuroscience of Grief: Why the Brain Takes a Turn


In the world of neuroscience, grief triggers a cascade of changes. Stress hormones, like cortisol, join the emotional fray, impacting memory and casting a mental haze. The prefrontal cortex, your brain's CEO, steps back, making decisions a bit more complex. If your mind feels wrapped in a gentle (or maybe not so gentle) fog, it's the dance of Grief Brain – a rhythm we can navigate together.


Understanding the Frustration: It's Okay to Feel the Weight


I want you to know that it's completely normal to feel a bit frustrated with Grief Brain. It's like searching for something you've lost, only to realize it's a piece of your own self. The weight of grief can be heavy, and the mind, in its attempt to cope, takes its own unique path. As your companion on this journey, I invite you to share your frustrations. Let's talk about the complexities and intricacies of your unique experience.


Charting a Course through Grief Brain: The Gentle Benefits of Grief Counseling


Now, about grief counseling – it won't magically erase Grief Brain, but it provides a haven for your thoughts and feelings. We'll discuss your grief, the emotional waves, and, yes, the intricacies of Grief Brain. Together, we'll explore tailored strategies, from mindfulness to memory aids, to navigate this landscape.


If the idea of in-person sessions feels overwhelming, let me introduce you to the world of Telehealth grief counseling. This allows us to connect virtually, bridging the gap between support and your comfort zone. The benefits remain the same – a safe space to explore, share, and gently untangle the threads of sorrow.


Grief Therapy: Nurturing Healing, One Conversation at a Time


Think of grief therapy as a collaborative effort to untangle the threads of sorrow while honoring your loss. We can explore various therapeutic approaches to fit your needs, whether it's traditional counseling or Telehealth sessions. The goal is to guide you through the ebb and flow of emotions, fostering healing in a way that resonates with you.


In this shared journey, my aim is to be your guide, providing support through the twists and turns of Grief Brain, offering solace as you navigate the complexities of grief. Remember, the path to healing is unique for each individual, and you're not alone in this process. If you're ready to take the next step towards healing, I'm here for you. Feel free to reach out and schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation with me. You may visit or give me a call at 303-586-0216. Your journey through grief is unique, and together, we can navigate its complexities with compassion and understanding.


Cassandra Goar MA, LPC, NCC

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