GPs have traditionally often prescribed medication such as antidepressants though they are now more aware of the benefits of providing the person with the opportunity to talk to someone who understands. They might therefore prescribe a course of Grief Counselling. People might also be encouraged to make sure they get enough exercise, spend some time out of doors in the fresh air and natural light, and also to eat properly and try to get sufficient sleep.
Our animal companions can also suffer from grief following the loss of a guardian or animal friend which can lead to behavioural changes such as being withdrawn, depressed or refusing to eat. They too need exercise, a healthy diet and time outdoors.
There are various complementary therapies that can support both people and animals in times of loss. I personally offer Reiki and EFT:
Reiki / Healing can be very beneficial, not only after the person or animal has died but also, in the case of illness, as a support before and even at the death itself. The healer needs to be clear that healing does not necessarily mean that a person or animal will be ‘cured’. In fact death can be the ultimate healing, because the person or animal has been ‘released’ to move on. The person left behind might not be ready to see things in these terms, but they can be supported to seek healing for their animal / friend / family member and themselves to give them a sense of peace, acceptance and love.
After the death the healer can give the person whatever time and space they need to explore their feelings in a safe and non-judgemental environment. This can also be an opportunity for them to explore their beliefs around death and what happens beyond this. Death can be seen as a natural part of the Cycle of Life. It is not something to be feared or avoided and does not even have to be seen as the End – it is more of a transition. Of course the person or animal is no longer here in the same form and we might be sad that we cannot interact with them in the same way, but we can be happy for them that they are no longer suffering and, in time, can reach a point where we can celebrate and remember fondly all the wonderful times we shared and be grateful for their presence in our lives.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT, sometimes known as ‘tapping’) is a great support when dealing with painful emotions. Using Chinese Meridian lines – the same ones that are used in acupuncture, but without any needles – EFT works to diffuse emotional intensity meaning that it is no longer overwhelming. This allows the person to be able to think clearly again and to regain a sense of perspective and balance.
In Part 6 I will look at another complementary therapy that can be a very effective support in times of loss.
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues and would like to talk, please feel free to get in touch. There will be no obligation to make a booking, it’s just an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have and to see if what I offer might be a good fit for you.
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My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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