We are born and we die. So it goes for all living beings; plant, animal, human. We all know this and at least on some level are able to accept it. Experiencing grief when loss occurs is also a natural and normal and healthy response. The healing response that comes from experiencing grief allows us to move forward in our lives, it brings us compassion and it also makes us all aware of our own mortality.
Sometimes though, people get stuck in the bitter aspect of grief. They see their loss as a punishment perhaps and it causes them to become hardened towards others or themselves. In this case, many times people replay the events of the loss over and over and create a cycle of unhappiness for themselves that can be difficult to interrupt. This effect can be similar to the triggers that those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder deal with in that the least little thing, such as a smell, can cause the person to be right back where they were when the loss occurred. This can cause a pattern of destructive thinking which affects all parts of a grieving persons life, from work to sleep and interactions with their family. If these patterns are showing up for you or someone you care about, then hypnosis may give some relief in processing the grief so that it is less intrusive and more healing.
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Many times people feel that if they are happy or having fun or loving someone else it is as if they are disrespecting the deceased. In my own experience I could not listen to or sing along with music for 5 years after the loss of my son, I simply felt that it was not right for me to be that happy without him. I learned that it is okay to enjoy my own life while still remembering and loving my son.
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