Bereavement, is a term for someone grieving and it means to be torn apart.
The difference between grief and mourning is, mourning is grief out-loud. It is an internal deep pain which is given breath. Mourning takes time and is different for everyone. There are no set stages or rules or method
of "fixing it".
Grief and mourning cannot "be fixed". There is no pill, or plan of action that can hurry this process along or allows a method of jumping to a better place.
Mourning is also a manner of honoring a great loss, it is not always defined by tears. There are many ways of remembering a person or a place or a period of time. These memories are a beautiful way to honor those remarkable moments of a loved and cherished life.
Bereaved people often find themselves in new and unfamiliar territory. To navigate this new landscape requires confronting dual challenges of acknowledging the reality of the death (i.e. its finality) and re-envisioning a purposeful life that has the possibility of satisfaction and joy. There is no map for this journey, but people need companionship as they make their way. Some people turn to a clinician for guidance.
Grief counseling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief, overwhelmed by loss to the extent that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counseling facilitates expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including sadness, anxiety, anger, loneliness, guilt, relief, isolation, confusion, or numbness.
It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with changes in their lives. Often people feel: