one year out and just starting to deal with griefTue, Apr 18th 2006
A very good friend of mine lost her mother to a murder about a year ago. She grieved briefly but then seemed to shut it out altogether and try to move on. Now a year later she is finding everything crashing in again. She wants to pick up and move away in hopes that a fresh start will solve her problem. She doesn't like to talk about it. I get the sense that she doesn't feel comfortable with the idea of counseling and feels awkward talking to people about something so serious and emotional. She is usually very light hearted and always cracking jokes or pulling pranks on people. I am not sure how to bridge the counseling idea or where to look for a good counselor if she is open to it. The web seems to have information about the symptoms of grief --which do match what she seems to be going through, but not a lot in terms of actual contacts. Please let me know what you think I should do.
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