Grief Resource Center

Jill FitzGerald, LCSW

Grief Counseling Expert of Richmond, VA for Over 25 Years

Grief Resource Center

A Resource Center Guiding Individuals to Cope With Personal Loss

The Grief Resource Center is a private practice that provides resources for children, adolescents, and adults in need of guidance in dealing with a personal loss.

Unfortunately, in our society, the grieving process is seldom acknowledged and frequently misunderstood, at times even dismissed. The impact of the death or life-threatening illness of a loved one can be catastrophic, yet there is little tolerance for allowing grievers the adequate time to fully express and experience the grieving process.

Grief Resource Center
Grief Resource Center

Start the Journey

Far too often, there is impatience and an unwillingness to allow for individualized timetables for grief and mourning. Grief work takes an extensive amount of time, energy, and attention. Pursuing grief counseling can offer the prospect of gaining accurate information about the grief journey while discovering tools to expedite the healing process.

Grief Resource Center

"Anything that is human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone." - Fred Rogers

Common Grief Symptoms

In efforts to normalize the grief experience, it is helpful to know that grief impacts us physically, emotionally, cognitively, spiritually, as well as behaviorally.

Here are a few of the major signs seen frequently in grief reactions:

  • Anxiety
  • Stomach upset
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Shock/emotional numbness
  • Despair
  • Fear of "going crazy"
  • Emotional "roller coaster"
  • Difficulty with decisions
  • Memory/concentration problems
  • Sighing/crying
  • Social withdrawal
  • Need to re-tell the story over and over
  • Rumination about the death and how it happened
Grief Resource Center

"The mourner is, perforce, a person with a story. The pity is, how very rarely it gets told."

-Christian McEwen