Grieving Together: Navigating Trauma Therapy For Your Family After A Loss

When a death occurs, it is important to remember that everyone in the family is affected by the loss in different ways. Sometimes, even those who are not directly related to the person who has passed away can experience overwhelming emotions and trauma. If your family is struggling to cope with a recent loss, trauma therapy may be a helpful step in the healing process. Here are some things to keep in mind as you navigate this difficult time.

Recognize the Signs of Trauma 

The death of a loved one can cause a wide range of emotions. It is common for people to experience sadness, anger, confusion, and in some cases, trauma. Symptoms of trauma may include sleep disturbances, nightmares, avoidance behaviors, and hypervigilance. These signs can be especially concerning for children, who may not be able to understand or express their feelings as easily as adults. Keeping an eye out for these signs and seeking help as soon as possible can go a long way in helping your family cope with the loss.

Discover Your Treatment Options 

Trauma therapy can take many forms, from individual counseling to family therapy sessions. The type of treatment that is right for your family's needs will depend on specific needs and preferences. There are many types of therapy: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and play therapy are among the widely used types of trauma therapy. These techniques prove effective in addressing trauma in individuals of different age groups, including young children.

Prepare for the Costs of Treatment

Trauma therapy may come at a cost, but it is important not to let the financial burden prevent you and your family from getting the help you need. Many insurance plans cover therapy sessions, and some therapists offer sliding scale fees depending on your income. 

Make Therapy a Family Affair 

Grieving is a process that affects everyone in the family, not just the person directly related to the person who has passed away. Going to therapy together can help everyone in the family understand and communicate their feelings, as well as create a support system that can help you through this difficult time. It can also help to involve other family members who may be struggling with the loss but cannot attend therapy sessions themselves, such as grandparents or close family friends.

Reach out to a trauma therapist to learn more.