Going through difficult times
Life is full of transitions, some easier than others. When a couple, or family, is going through a transition it's easy to get stuck and feel increasingly disconnected. This is because transition adds stress, and as stress builds, it's common for that stress to impact the relationship. Added stress in a relationship leaves partners feeling edgy, which can turn to animosity. Over time, if not addressed effectively, you may start to blame each other instead of comfort each other.
Dealing with stress
Every relationship is bound to go through ups and downs, especially when life hits. And sometimes life hits harder than you expect. Some couples find that these events move them closer together, while others experience a growing distance. If you find yourself in the latter, it may be a sign that you could benefit from professional help.
Since life stressors and transitions are inevitable, it's best to see them as opportunities for growth, but sometimes the pain is too great and we need someone who can sit in the pain with us. Often, when going through a transition, you are leaving something behind while moving on to something new. To leave something behind is to experience a loss.
Losses can be great or small. If you've experienced a loss, however small or great, we want to honor your loss. We would be privileged to sit with you, walk with you, and be with you in your experience. When you think of loss, you may think of grief. Grief typically includes several stages.
Stages of grief
Meaning in pain
Though loss typically includes the mentioned stages, it's not necessarily a linear process that fits a specific timeline. Progressing through pain can be treacherous and overwhelming, and many people find themselves on a twister mat of emotions.
The more we grow through our pain, the deeper and more meaningful our relationships can become. We experience our pain, we share, we relate and empathize, and hopefully along the way we find some comfort through connection and meaning in the pain. When our pain touches another's, and becomes comfort and strength for someone else, suffering evolves in to purpose.