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  • Writer's pictureRita Lança

Accompaniment in bereavement

Throughout life we will ​​face several losses that cause grief. Grief is a reaction to a significant loss, which involves a strong bond.

In addition to the death of a loved one or a pet, grief also refers to other types of losses, such as a professional change, a change in the place where we live, a divorce, amongst others.

In the face of loss, it is natural to feel sadness, anger, frustration, fear, emptiness and longing. It can be very painful to face the reality of living without that person, those circumstances, feeling the risk of disintegration, associated with the uncertainty that the new context of life generates.

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Why is it important to experience grief?

Because grief is also me, it is part of my history and identity. Going through grief helps us to integrate the loss, to envision the future and to reframe who we are and our relationship with the world.

Pain and suffering are part of the human condition and avoiding them doesn't help us live happily. Research has shown that accompanied processes tend to enable a healthier grief.

My proposal is:

  • To look at the process of loss/mourning integrated in the cycles of our life, in the light of the repeating cycles of Nature, and the search for meaning;

  • To accompany the person who is at the end of life, as well as the mourning of family members and caregivers, before, during and after death.

Accompanying end-of-life grief allows the person/family to enjoy the present time with greater awareness and serenity, to be able to resolve pending situations, minimise future regrets and contribute to a better integration of the loss.

After the death of a family member, loved one or pet, accompanying the person favours a better adaptation to the loss and allows them to restructure life in the face of new circumstances.

What I offer:

  • Emotional and spiritual support;

  • Contemplative and compassionate listening;

  • Recourse to the body, Nature and art as mediators in the process;

  • Focus on personal and social resources;

  • Ritualisation as a tool for integration.


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