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Grieving is like a "birthing process" – you are birthing yourself into life without your loved one. Grieving, like giving birth, can be difficult and painful. It helps to breathe through the process, to have people nearby who know and love you, and to have someone present who has some expertise and experience in the grieving process (like a midwife or doctor in the birthing process).
You may want to see a counselor if: 1) you don't feel that you have people in your life who "get" what you are going through and you could use some support and guidance, 2) you feel overwhelmed and alone and don't know where to turn for help, 3) you just want to make sure you are on the right track, or 4) you feel "stuck" in your grief and don't know how to get unstuck.
“Grief is a journey, often perilous and without clear direction, that must be taken. The experience of grieving cannot be ordered or categorized, hurried or controlled, pushed aside or ignored indefinitely. It is as inevitable as breathing, as change, as love. It may be postponed, but it will not be denied.” Molly Fumia