The goal of grief therapy is to work through pain, sadness, denial and anger, in order to reach acceptance and ultimately, peace of mind. While grief is often associated with pain, there can be a variety of complex reactions, including guilt, relief, or even missing a negative relationship. Many people find comfort in being around others who are also going through loss, and can empathize with them and share similar feelings. Styles of grieving are unique to each person ranging from task oriented stoicism to profound reflection, not only on the loss, but on mortality, and the meaning of life.
Grieving presents the challenge of adjusting to life without a loved one in small and large ways. It may even involve having to develop a new sense of identity. When the experience of grief continues to be overwhelming, even with the passage of time, therapy can be helpful and important.