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The Role of Therapy in Supporting Seniors Through Grief and Loss


As we age, the loss of friends and loved ones is an inevitable part of life. For seniors, the death of peers can be a particularly difficult experience, especially when it comes in rapid succession or after a close relationship has been formed. The emotional impact of such losses can lead to feelings of grief and loneliness, which can in turn lead to mental health issues if not addressed properly. It is important for senior citizens to understand how their mental health can be impacted by the passing of peers and seek therapy treatment to help them process their grief.


One of the main reasons why seniors may experience mental health grief after the loss of peers is because they may have shared a lifetime of experiences together. These shared experiences create deep and meaningful connections that can be difficult to replicate. Losing a peer can mean losing a part of their history and a piece of themselves. It can also bring up feelings of mortality and the realization that their own time may be limited, leading to anxiety and depression.


Furthermore, seniors may experience a sense of isolation and loneliness after the passing of peers. As we age, our social circle tends to shrink, and we may rely more heavily on the relationships we have left. Losing someone who was a constant presence in their life can leave them feeling alone and disconnected from the world around them. These feelings can be compounded if the senior is already experiencing other losses, such as the death of a spouse or the inability to participate in activities they once enjoyed.


Mental health therapy treatment can be essential in helping seniors process their grief and cope with the emotional impact of losing a peer. Therapists can provide a safe and supportive environment for seniors to express their feelings and work through the stages of grief. They can also provide coping strategies and tools to help seniors manage their emotions and find new sources of social support.


Additionally, therapy can help seniors recognize when their grief has turned into a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety. Therapy can provide seniors with a space to talk about their feelings and help them develop a plan for managing their symptoms. Seniors may also be more open to medication management with the support of a therapist, which can be an effective tool for managing severe symptoms of grief.


It is important for seniors to seek out therapy treatment as soon as they begin to experience mental health grief after the passing of a peer. Delaying treatment can lead to worsening symptoms and increased difficulty in coping with their loss. Seniors may be hesitant to seek out therapy due to stigma around mental health or concerns about the cost of treatment, but there are resources available that can help.

Kaela Rae Vance LPCCS is a licensed professional clinical counselor who is working with seniors to help them process grief through therapy. Kaela provides coping strategies and tools to help seniors manage their emotions and find new sources of social support. She recognizes the importance of addressing mental health concerns and provides personalized treatment plans to meet the individual needs of each senior she works with.


In mid-April, Kaela will be visiting Burr Oak Commons in Delaware to meet with senior citizens who are interested in participating in grief therapy. Kaela's visit will provide seniors with the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of therapy and to explore how it can help them navigate the complexities of grief and loss. Her visit to Burr Oak Commons represents a valuable opportunity for seniors to gain insight and support as they deal with the challenges of aging and loss.

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