Loss & Grief


Grief Counseling in San Diego

Many of us will experience loss at some point in our lives, but unfortunately society and our schooling doesn’t equip us with the tools to process loss.

Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Bereavement is a type of grief involving the death of a loved one. Bereavement and grief can trigger a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger. It can also involve guilt, longing, and regret. Associated emotions can vary in their strength or mildness, and come in random waves, which can also be confusing.

The process of adapting to a significant loss varies from one individual to another. You may have read or spoken to a friend about different “stages of grief”, but the truth is that no two people experience grief in the exact same way.

In today’s society, we have a wide range of values, experiences and belief systems. It often depends on a person’s background, beliefs and the relationship to what was lost.

People in grief can experience different thoughts as they make sense of their loss. They may assign themselves varying levels of responsibility, from “there was nothing I could have done”, to “it’s all my fault”. Grieving behaviors also vary from sharing their feelings with others to being alone and social withdrawal.

No one way of grieving is better than any other. Some people are stoic and may seek distraction from the loss. Others are more emotional and delve deep into their feelings. Every individual has unique needs when coping with loss.


We all experience loss and the ensuing grief in our own way. Some people turn to isolation.

Our team at Aspiring Families focus on multiple forms of loss therapy, including:

  • Child Loss
  • Divorce
  • Grandparents’ Loss
  • Parent Loss
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Loss (car accidents, gun violence, natural disasters)

Our San Diego based counselors focus on:

  • Acceptance
  • Anger
  • Adjustment
  • Adapting
  • Bargaining
  • Coping
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Social Life
  • Managing New Routines
  • Future Plans

Our team of specialists provide grief counseling, grief support groups, coping mechanisms, loss therapy, adaptive life skills, and adjustment tools for kids, teens, and adults who are struggling with grief and loss. We are sensitive to your religious, and socio-cultural values and belief, and tailor our support and treatment to your unique individual and family needs.