NURTURING CONNECTIONS COUNSELING

Counseling for
Grief & Loss

Compassionate support to help you navigate the difficult process of grief.

Serving Tustin, Irvine, Orange and across California.

UNDERSTAND WHAT GRIEF LOOKS LIKE FOR YOU

HONOR YOUR LOVED ONE’S MEMORY

DEVELOP WAYS TO COPE WITH YOUR GRIEF

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There’s no manual that shows us how to grieve.

It’s a personal journey that’s different for everyone.

We help you heal

at your own pace.

If you are struggling with:

We are here to walk this path with you.

We could all use a hand

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What is Grief?

Grief is a broad word that sums up the profound range of emotions we experience when we lose someone or something we love.

Truths About Grief

It can show up as feeling sad, mad, guilty, or even numb.
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Types of Grief

The normal range of feelings and behaviors commonly associated with loss. While it can follow the well-known stages of shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, this isn’t always the case, as grief is more like waves in the sea than it is a linear process.

(Also known as Prolonged Grief Disorder) This type of grief is more intense and lasts longer than what is generally expected. It can impede a person’s ability to function in daily life.

This occurs before a loss, particularly in situations of prolonged illness. It involves grieving the anticipated death of a loved one or the loss of abilities and plans.

This is experienced when one’s grief is not acknowledged or validated by society. It could be due to the nature of the loss (e.g., miscarriage, death of a pet) or the relationship (e.g., an extramarital affair).

This is experienced by communities or societies in response to events like natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or the death of a public figure.

This occurs when multiple losses are experienced in a short period, not allowing the individual to fully process each loss individually.

This refers to the subsequent losses that come from a primary loss. For example, the loss of a partner might also mean loss of financial stability, social status, or identity as a spouse.

This happens when a person doesn’t recognize or acknowledge their grief, often because of cultural, societal, or personal reasons.

Counseling for Grief & Loss

How Does Therapy Help My Grieving Process?

Cope with the loss

Learning to cope with the loss of a loved one is a normal part of the grief process, but it may be accompanied by guilt if you feel like coping means that you have “moved on.” Coping doesn’t take away from the significance of your loss, but it helps you function in daily life without feeling guilty about being happy. In therapy, we will work at your pace to find ways that your grief and happiness can peacefully coexist.

Handle grief burnout

Grief burnout is the feeling you get when you are facing a significant event – like weddings, holidays, or birthdays – without your loved one. In the beginning, it can show up as a lack of interest in the event, physical symptoms, or mood swings. In therapy, we help you identify the events that trigger these feelings and help you develop ways to cope with them.

Manage lasting grief

There is a quote that expresses the reality of grief well: “Grief is like glitter. You can throw a handful of glitter up in the air, but when you try to clean it up… you never get it all. Even long after the event, you will still find glitter tucked into corners… it will always be there. Somewhere.” – unknown

In grief and loss therapy, the goal isn’t to help you “get over” your grief, but to learn to live alongside it as the pain evolves into something new. Whatever the process looks like for you, we are here to help you feel seen, heard, and understood.

Validate your feelings

The people closest to us have good intentions, but often what is said in an effort to be helpful or supportive has the opposite effect and makes us feel invalidated and misunderstood. Phrases like ‘They’re in a better place’ or ‘You need to move on’ are intended to provide comfort, but they often have the opposite effect. In therapy, we focus on honoring your feelings, validating your experience, and supporting you in finding your way to live alongside your grief while protecting your loved one’s memory.
Susie Ibrahim Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Founder of Nurturing Connections Counseling California

Susie Ibrahim

FOUNDER AND CEO, 
LICENSED MARRIAGE FAMILY THERAPIST

COUNSELING IN TUSTIN & ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Why Choose NCC?

WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS HOPE IN REPAIRING AND STRENGTHENING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS – WITHIN YOUR YOURSELF, YOUR PARTNERSHIP & YOUR LIFE

Navigating personal struggles or looking to bridge gaps within your family or partnership? Nurturing Connections Counseling provides space to explore, understand, and heal from challenges you’re facing.

We offer therapy that is:

Therapy is as individual as the people it serves.

It has the power to transform lives by restoring the joy and connection you need.

OUR APPROACH

How Grief Counseling Works

WE GET TO KNOW YOU

In our first session, we want to learn about you. What’s your story? What are your hopes and expectations? What do you want to improve?

WE CREATE A PLAN

Together, we develop a plan that equips you with the tools and strategies that will raise your confidence and help you get closer to your goals.

WE WORK WITH YOU

As your journey ebbs and flows, and new things arise, we adapt your goals and our approach to help you continue to move toward the life you want.

You’re in the right place.

Questions About Grief Therapy

Have another question?

Yes, what you’re feeling is entirely normal when you’re grieving. Grief is a complex and individual experience, and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to feel. It’s common to experience a wide range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and even moments of relief. Everyone’s grief journey is unique, and your feelings are valid and normal for you.
Absolutely, it’s normal to feel anger during the grieving process. Grief can stir up a lot of emotions, and anger is one of them. You might feel angry at the situation, at the loss itself, at other people, or even at yourself. Grief therapy can help you understand and cope with your anger constructively.
Yes, it’s completely okay to grieve differently than your family members. Grief is highly personal, and each person processes it in their own way. Family members may have different relationships with the person who passed away and their own unique coping mechanisms. Grief therapy can help you navigate these differences and maintain healthy communication within your family during this challenging time.
As far as therapy goes, you might start to feel a level of relief as soon as you are able to express your emotions in a safe space. However, grief itself is a deeply personal response to loss and there is no set timeline for when you will feel better.

Have another question?

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Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.

-Unknown

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Positive Outcomes of Grief Therapy

Little by little, you can heal.

We could all use a hand

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Grief & Loss Therapy in Tustin, Irvine, Orange, and across California

Nurturing Connections Counseling

Helping you navigate grief at your own pace