Clinical Hypnotherapy for Bereavement

26 Feb 16
Losing someone we love is a devastating experience and everyone’s grief is personal to them. There is no right or wrong way to grieve we simply have to find our own way through.

I would never advocate clinical hypnotherapy as a way to rush the healing process, this must occur in its own time. It is a painful experience but if we have loved someone in life, losing them is of course going to be painful.

I would never put a time limit on grief, we are all different. But we tend to know when a point has been reached when life can start to be lived again. Hypnotherapy can then help with acceptance of our circumstances and support us in moving forward. It can offer comfort and help us discover inner strength to aid in coping in difficult times.

Hypnotherapy and NLP can also help with unwanted images, this is not exclusive to grief, there are various reasons this occurs. Many have flashbacks and images they would prefer not to experience, but for the purpose of this article, my examples are for those experiencing grief. When someone dies, their body is just a shell and anyone who witnesses this, may struggle to overcome the power of such a visual trauma. When we lose someone we love, memories become very precious and when those memories are overshadowed for too long by traumatic images there are interventions that may help. Hypnotherapy can help us remember happy memories and images and encourage us to focus on these. When this is teamed with NLP, it can offer a powerful combination for the transition of negative images to the happy images we desire.

One simple suggestion I also make to those experiencing bereavement, is to find a photograph of those we have lost that we cannot help but smile at, something that evokes happy memories and a sense of love and good times. It’s a small thing, but it can help us focus on who they were, rather than on the pain of loss.