Bereavement Counselling

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the hardest challenges and transitions that we confront in life. It is however inevitable that each of us in our lifetime will experience loss through bereavement. Helping people to cope with loss, grief and bereavement is one of the many services that FAMSA offers.

We are unable to take away the loss or grief feelings but our highly experienced and trained counsellors will walk alongside you through your journey of grief, whether you come to us as an individual, couple or family.

We are there to help you through the process of healing after the loss of a loved one.

The loss may be that of a parent, spouse, sibling, a close friend or a colleague. Sometimes even the loss of a beloved pet can evoke similar feelings. Sometimes we overlook or disregard the significance of a loss. For instance, the loss of grandparents, stillbirths, miscarriages and abortions.

Where appropriate we also offer sessions to groups, families, and organizations where there is an opportunity for sharing what the deceased meant in their lives. Each person deals with loss in their own unique way which is neither “right” nor “wrong”. Some may respond to the loss immediately, while others may take longer. There is no definite time frame within which people need to come for counselling. Some come soon after the loss, whilst others may realize they have unresolved grief much further down the line. Sometimes we only discover much later in life that we have not dealt with our losses. This could lead to blockages in our ability to form, develop and maintain meaningful relationships.

How we respond to death could depend on many factors – this could be the relationship we had with the deceased and whether the death was “sudden” through an accident or suicide, or whether the death was “inevitable” due to a terminal illness, or old age. Whatever the situation you find yourself grappling with we are there to help, support, and guide you through the process.