Should I talk to a counsellor?

Many people think they need to get to a certain point before talking with a counsellor, but this isn’t true. It helps to talk to a counsellor even if you just want a space to talk about your loss without fear of judgement or if you need help processing your emotions as you grieve. Talking to a counsellor could help if:

You want help sorting through your experiences

Grief can be confusing. We can feel angry, overwhelmed, resentful, sad, depressed, lost, guilty, lonely, and scared. Talking with a counsellor can help you sort through the physical, emotional, and mental changes you experience.

You feel alone

You may feel you have to grieve in silence because your friends and family just don’t understand what you’re going through. Not everyone within your family or social circle will process grief like you do. If at any point you start feeling alone talking to a counselor can help. You don’t even have to talk about your feelings, just having someone’s caring support will be helpful.

You feel your life is meaningless

Your grief may leave you feeling life is meaningless. Talking with a counsellor can help you come up with practical strategies to manage suffering, reframe memories so you can think about your child without it being unbearable, and learn how to enjoy your life again.

You don’t know who you are anymore

Our outlook or perspective on the world can be deeply shaken by loss. You might feel more pessimistic, jaded, negative or unable to engage with other people or activities in the way we used to. This can leave us feeling like we don’t know who we are anymore. Talking to counsellor can help you make sense of this.

You find saying things out loud helpful

Sometimes talking to a counsellor might be helpful just so you can get things out of your head. Having someone to talk to about your experiences without any judgment, expectations, or pressure can make you feel much better.

Talking with a Bears of Hope counsellor is a confidential process where you can freely express your thoughts and feelings without the fear of being judged. We can help you understand your grief and pain and begin to work through those emotions to restore clarity and calmness in you. Bears of Hope offers counselling fee free through generous donations and fundraising events.

Our caring support team offers a wealth of experience, with our counsellors being bereaved parents or part of the extended bereaved family. They have lived through the same pain and they are here for you to lean on, no matter whether your loss is recent or in the past.

Kelly Merchant

Registered Clinical Counsellor and Support Services Coordinator

Dorothy Packwood

Volunteer Counsellor
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Greg J Boerma

Counsellor

Sally Findley

Registered Psychologist

Sonia Fenwick

Registered Counsellor

Jane Breen

Registered Psychologist

Francesca Marinos

Volunteer Counsellor