Grief and Loss

“It is the paradox of grief that we continue to live and love despite losing that which we previously thought essential to life itself.”

– Victor Frankl

Grief is a normal and necessary human emotion: our natural response to losing something or someone that is deeply meaningful to us. Yet we live in a world where those experiencing major losses are often denied the time and space necessary to mourn, to do the work of grief and to heal. Grief spans from the ordinary to the traumatic, from normal losses which are inherent in growing up to those more traumatic losses such as betrayals, abuse, serious illness or sudden violent death.

Grief can feel devastating. Emotional, physical and relational turmoil often accompany grief, and it is hard to know where to channel it. Sorrow must be given a voice or it may manifest itself as depression, anxiety, illness, addiction, or hopelessness.

Regardless of its nature, grief is an intensely personal experience. Our responses are intricately woven with our sense of who we are and how we see our place in the world, with our concepts of the purpose of life and the meaning of the loss. Thus how one comes to make meaning of their loss is crucial to their sense of self and their future.

Womencare staff is trained to companion individuals through the grieving process. They provide individuals with a safe and supportive healing environment to explore in depth one’s losses, from the loss of a partner or child, to the loss of one’s health, to the shattering of one’s dreams. Clients are supported on the journey from grief and despair to renewed purpose, joy, connectedness and hope.

For questions or to discuss an initial appointment, please contact our intake counselor, Sara Powers, LCSW, at 847-475-7003 x 10, or email her at