Having bereavement counselling to help deal with loss can improve individual well-being in adults, a new study has found.
As a bereavement counsellor I was naturally delighted to come across this piece of recent news. It is research done over five years and involved over 300 adults in Scotland. The main finding was that there was a difference in the well-being of people who had received counselling compared to those who had not. Interestingly, personal well-being is sustained after the treatment has ended. Perhaps this suggests that coping strategies discussed during the counselling period do ‘take hold’ after the counselling has finished.
The five-year research study of more than 300 adults also discovered higher rates of complicated grief among bereaved people who are at or below the poverty threshold.
Bereavement Counselling – The risks around complicated grief
It is thought that 10-20% of the general population is at significantly increased risk of suffering complicated grief. This is associated with a higher risk of earlier death, including heart disease, and possibly suicide. Increased work absence is also more likely. The research showed bereavement counselling reduces symptoms of complicated grief significantly – and that the impact is greater than the passage of time alone.
This work highlights the importance of getting the right help at the right time. It shows that a bereaved person’s well-being wouldn’t improve without counselling equally well with the passing of time.
At Harmony Counselling we specialise in helping people manage the symptoms associated with bereavement, grief and loss.
To read the full report of this study, click bereavement counselling.