Let's be clear: Bereavement is not a disorder. It can be tremendously painful, indeed more painful than many problems classified as real disorders. But it is a normal, natural process.

Some people like to see counselors for bereavement-related issues for the additional support that can be provided. Others find that a counselor can be helpful in dealing with the myriad practical issues they now face.

Some people find that they experience a particularly intense or long-lasting form of bereavement. They feel unable to move forward in their lives, even years later. In cases of complicated bereavement such as this, a counselor can often help.

Note: Information on these pages is provided for educational purposes only. It should not be taken as a substitute for care from a qualified healthcare provider.