In this article, we have asked Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW, the owner of Changing For Living Counsel, PLLC, to share tips with our readers about helping others through the grieving process. For more information visit her website at http://www.changeforlivingcounseling.org/

Loss and the grief that follows are universal human experiences.  It is an unavoidable and painful part of all of our lives. Yet how we handle it can impact us for years to come and define us in new ways.  While grief and loss can sometimes make us feel alone, it can also unify us and bring us closer to the people around us.  If you or someone you know has experienced a significant loss, here are some ways to understand the healing  process and find connection in loss.



Understand that moving forward is painful to someone who is grieving, as it represents an acceptance of the loss.  It takes time for someone to want to experience their life again without sharing it with who has been lost.  It is often the biggest and most difficult step in the grieving process, because the person may feel like they are not honoring the loss by going on without the person.  Allow room for this and it will happen with time, care, patience and connection.


Check out Michelle’s Website and contact info here:

Michelle Topal, MSW, LCSW
Owner, Change for Living Counseling, PLLC
Main Tel: 919-807-1454
Cell Tel:   919-360-1929
Secure Fax:  888-789-5440