There are many stages to the grieving process. Feelings may include shock, numbness, anger, guilt and depression. Bereavement is not restricted to losing someone close to you, but may involve:
A break up of a relationship
Loss of health
Sudden adverse changes in circumstances
Counselling can help clients to explore their feelings in a safe environment in which they can hopefully come to terms with their loss in order to move forward to a more fulfilling and effective way of life, particularly if their own support network is lacking in some way.