Grief Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Megan Gredesky
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RDT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Grief Recovery Support Group beginning June 2024! I have In person and online openings! I stay up to date on the most cutting edge therapies to achieve RAPID and long lasting effects. As a Certified Brainspotting Therapist, I focus on neuroscience - YOUR brain can HEAL from trauma, grief, and anxiety. Release the shame and inner critic that is no longer serving you. I help empaths and highly sensitive people who are struggling with overwhelm. Performers and artists have benefited from Expansion Brainspotting to overcome creative blocks! I’m trained in play therapy and drama therapy and work well with children and adolescents.
Grief Recovery Support Group beginning June 2024! I have In person and online openings! I stay up to date on the most cutting edge therapies to achieve RAPID and long lasting effects. As a Certified Brainspotting Therapist, I focus on neuroscience - YOUR brain can HEAL from trauma, grief, and anxiety. Release the shame and inner critic that is no longer serving you. I help empaths and highly sensitive people who are struggling with overwhelm. Performers and artists have benefited from Expansion Brainspotting to overcome creative blocks! I’m trained in play therapy and drama therapy and work well with children and adolescents.
(510) 694-0644 View (510) 694-0644
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Sarah Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
I also support with navigating relationship challenges, managing anxiety and depression, grief, barriers to academic success and career goals.
I recognize that making a decision to come to counseling is not always easy, and will partner with you at your own pace to engage your natural capacity for healing and change. My style is warm, collaborative and non-judgmental. The way our time is spent together will be unique to your interests & needs. My practice is eclectic and may include mindfulness, expressive arts, nature, as well as traditional talk therapy, which we will discuss in our first meeting together. I'm passionate about providing therapeutic services to youth and young adults; and also work with adult clients & parents.
I also support with navigating relationship challenges, managing anxiety and depression, grief, barriers to academic success and career goals.
I recognize that making a decision to come to counseling is not always easy, and will partner with you at your own pace to engage your natural capacity for healing and change. My style is warm, collaborative and non-judgmental. The way our time is spent together will be unique to your interests & needs. My practice is eclectic and may include mindfulness, expressive arts, nature, as well as traditional talk therapy, which we will discuss in our first meeting together. I'm passionate about providing therapeutic services to youth and young adults; and also work with adult clients & parents.
(415) 792-0970 View (415) 792-0970
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Sharon Frasier
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
During challenging times, people often feel defeated and focus on what is wrong. I want to shift the focus from what is "not working" to identifying what is "working." We will work to uncover patterns (behavioral, thought beliefs, relationship), that will lead you to making better decisions. I want to offer a safe place to process thoughts and feelings around issues that can be challenging. I am interested in helping people who experience stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss and challenges with relationships (social or romantic). Many conversations are around “adulting” and how to manage life, career, relationships, etc.
During challenging times, people often feel defeated and focus on what is wrong. I want to shift the focus from what is "not working" to identifying what is "working." We will work to uncover patterns (behavioral, thought beliefs, relationship), that will lead you to making better decisions. I want to offer a safe place to process thoughts and feelings around issues that can be challenging. I am interested in helping people who experience stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss and challenges with relationships (social or romantic). Many conversations are around “adulting” and how to manage life, career, relationships, etc.
(510) 756-4628 View (510) 756-4628
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Amy O'Brien
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
My primary specialties are anxiety and grief and loss.
I provide a warm, supportive environment that is uniquely yours, dedicated to your life and development. We will pay close attention to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, helping you to better understand all the different parts of yourself. Together we will identify and explore the patterns of behavior and negative self perceptions that may hold you back from a life of balance, vitality and inner peace.
My primary specialties are anxiety and grief and loss.
I provide a warm, supportive environment that is uniquely yours, dedicated to your life and development. We will pay close attention to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, helping you to better understand all the different parts of yourself. Together we will identify and explore the patterns of behavior and negative self perceptions that may hold you back from a life of balance, vitality and inner peace.
(510) 858-2604 View (510) 858-2604
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Adrian Q Quintero
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I offer a warm, affirming, and non-judgmental space for children and teens exploration of LGBTQI+ identities, struggles with anxiety, and support with grief and loss.
I offer a warm, affirming, and non-judgmental space for children and teens exploration of LGBTQI+ identities, struggles with anxiety, and support with grief and loss.
(510) 405-7409 View (510) 405-7409
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Jacqueline Esquer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Do you feel alone in your emotions and challenges? Do negative thoughts, anxieties and worries sometimes seem uncontrollable and overwhelming? Or maybe you are curious about how your past experiences may be showing up in your present life. Grief, anxiety and life transitions can cause us to feel so many uncomfortable, difficult feelings that at times feel unbearable. As the world turns on, it can be difficult to find the time to understand how life's ups and downs impact how we show up for ourselves and others every day. Therapy is a great way to broaden this understanding.
Do you feel alone in your emotions and challenges? Do negative thoughts, anxieties and worries sometimes seem uncontrollable and overwhelming? Or maybe you are curious about how your past experiences may be showing up in your present life. Grief, anxiety and life transitions can cause us to feel so many uncomfortable, difficult feelings that at times feel unbearable. As the world turns on, it can be difficult to find the time to understand how life's ups and downs impact how we show up for ourselves and others every day. Therapy is a great way to broaden this understanding.
(510) 319-0132 View (510) 319-0132
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Judy Blumenfeld
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss and working cross culturally.
An exploration of your childhood, relationships and deepest self can be a beautiful and powerful journey.Together we can develop a curiosity and exploration of vulnerabilities and resilience in the face of challenges and hardship. I work with you in a collaborative way to understand together the obstacles to having healthy and meaningful relationships. If you feel stuck and unable to understand some of your own behaviors and choices we can talk together and begin to find words to understand your experience. I have a warm style of relating and can at times bring humor to our work.
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss and working cross culturally.
An exploration of your childhood, relationships and deepest self can be a beautiful and powerful journey.Together we can develop a curiosity and exploration of vulnerabilities and resilience in the face of challenges and hardship. I work with you in a collaborative way to understand together the obstacles to having healthy and meaningful relationships. If you feel stuck and unable to understand some of your own behaviors and choices we can talk together and begin to find words to understand your experience. I have a warm style of relating and can at times bring humor to our work.
(510) 575-9984 View (510) 575-9984
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Milena Edwards
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Something is shifting in your life. The earth beneath you is not as stable as it once was. Maybe it's a major life transition, like going to college, getting married, moving to the Bay Area, or changing jobs. Maybe it's a loss, like a death, a divorce, a miscarriage, or leaving someone or something in your life. Or maybe this transition is harder to put your finger on...you might be feeling stuck and needing something to shift. There are many moments in life that offer an opportunity to transform, or require us to change if we are to continue growing.
Something is shifting in your life. The earth beneath you is not as stable as it once was. Maybe it's a major life transition, like going to college, getting married, moving to the Bay Area, or changing jobs. Maybe it's a loss, like a death, a divorce, a miscarriage, or leaving someone or something in your life. Or maybe this transition is harder to put your finger on...you might be feeling stuck and needing something to shift. There are many moments in life that offer an opportunity to transform, or require us to change if we are to continue growing.
(510) 462-5683 View (510) 462-5683
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Aden Neumeister
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94619
You may be here because you have tried many methods of healing but find that there are places that you have not yet been able to reach. Perhaps these are places of complex grief, trauma or gender and sexuality. You may have tried psychedelics or other consciousness expanding methods and want help integrating your experiences, or are looking to try Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) to help with your healing. All of these things are my specialties and passions.
You may be here because you have tried many methods of healing but find that there are places that you have not yet been able to reach. Perhaps these are places of complex grief, trauma or gender and sexuality. You may have tried psychedelics or other consciousness expanding methods and want help integrating your experiences, or are looking to try Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) to help with your healing. All of these things are my specialties and passions.
(510) 240-5968 View (510) 240-5968
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Shelley M Samuels
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
Therapy is neither magic nor science, but I believe that therapy has the potential to be magical and transformative. I offer a warm, supportive environment to help individuals explore deep trauma as well as ordinary issues that impact daily life and long-term goals. I strive to inspire creativity through nature, and incorporate creative arts into my practice. My specialties: LGBTQQ issues/identity, working through grief/loss, helping with political wounding, healing survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault, positive aging, body image, building long-term relationships, and life transitions. A veteran career counselor, I've over 7 years of experience providing career counseling and coaching.
Therapy is neither magic nor science, but I believe that therapy has the potential to be magical and transformative. I offer a warm, supportive environment to help individuals explore deep trauma as well as ordinary issues that impact daily life and long-term goals. I strive to inspire creativity through nature, and incorporate creative arts into my practice. My specialties: LGBTQQ issues/identity, working through grief/loss, helping with political wounding, healing survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault, positive aging, body image, building long-term relationships, and life transitions. A veteran career counselor, I've over 7 years of experience providing career counseling and coaching.
(510) 974-7425 View (510) 974-7425
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Alia Dolan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
I have over twenty years of clinical experiencing in helping clients of all ages cope with loss and other life transitions or stressors, including families who are involved with Hospice, those suffering from suicide loss, traumatic or sudden deaths, and work with teens and young adults who are experiencing life stressors.
Are you experiencing a loss, going through a life transition, feeling the impact of everyday stress, or just needing a space for someone to hold your feelings? Or are you an adolescent or young adult who needs the support of another caring adult, or a parent/caregiver who wants this type of support for your teen? Do you want to be able to share (unedited) your experience with someone who will help you navigate through it?
I have over twenty years of clinical experiencing in helping clients of all ages cope with loss and other life transitions or stressors, including families who are involved with Hospice, those suffering from suicide loss, traumatic or sudden deaths, and work with teens and young adults who are experiencing life stressors.
Are you experiencing a loss, going through a life transition, feeling the impact of everyday stress, or just needing a space for someone to hold your feelings? Or are you an adolescent or young adult who needs the support of another caring adult, or a parent/caregiver who wants this type of support for your teen? Do you want to be able to share (unedited) your experience with someone who will help you navigate through it?
(415) 360-3340 View (415) 360-3340
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Martha Bulger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I am also an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist, certified by the Grief Recovery Method Institute®.
Are you at a place in your life that no longer feels comfortable and you're unsure of how you've have gotten there? It's impacting your personal and/or work relationships and your self-image. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space allowing you to gain insight into your journey thus far and give yourself permission to change. I will help you move to a place of self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, and self-love.
I am also an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist, certified by the Grief Recovery Method Institute®.
Are you at a place in your life that no longer feels comfortable and you're unsure of how you've have gotten there? It's impacting your personal and/or work relationships and your self-image. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space allowing you to gain insight into your journey thus far and give yourself permission to change. I will help you move to a place of self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, and self-love.
(510) 328-4454 View (510) 328-4454
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Tina Kopko
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CGRS
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
The Grief Recovery Method supports your grief work with a step-by-step process by which we unlearn the myths we've been taught about loss, learn how grief actually works (using your own experiences), and discover what undelivered emotional communications are left over from previous losses.
When grief hasn't been fully addressed, it can look like depression, anxiety, isolation, addictive behaviors to escape the pain, workaholism, relationships that are fragile, a lack of motivation, or feeling overwhelming resentment and bitterness. And grief can occur after a variety of losses that many people don't realize: divorce, moving, graduation, empty nest, retirement, an impactful change in financial position or physical abilities, a pandemic. My clients acutely feel how unresolved grief has become an impediment to living their lives in full, having healthy relationships, and having the energy to go after their goals.
The Grief Recovery Method supports your grief work with a step-by-step process by which we unlearn the myths we've been taught about loss, learn how grief actually works (using your own experiences), and discover what undelivered emotional communications are left over from previous losses.
When grief hasn't been fully addressed, it can look like depression, anxiety, isolation, addictive behaviors to escape the pain, workaholism, relationships that are fragile, a lack of motivation, or feeling overwhelming resentment and bitterness. And grief can occur after a variety of losses that many people don't realize: divorce, moving, graduation, empty nest, retirement, an impactful change in financial position or physical abilities, a pandemic. My clients acutely feel how unresolved grief has become an impediment to living their lives in full, having healthy relationships, and having the energy to go after their goals.
(510) 606-9784 View (510) 606-9784
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Dr. Emily Chandler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, DMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
My specialties are relationship issues, grief, loss, and anxiety issues.
I work with people going through big changes who need support. Perhaps your relationship ended, you lost a loved one recently, or you feel very stuck in work or your relationship pattern. I have lived and worked in the East Bay since 2010. I have two children and I enjoy helping individuals who are navigating challenging stages of life with their family. Let's talk!
My specialties are relationship issues, grief, loss, and anxiety issues.
I work with people going through big changes who need support. Perhaps your relationship ended, you lost a loved one recently, or you feel very stuck in work or your relationship pattern. I have lived and worked in the East Bay since 2010. I have two children and I enjoy helping individuals who are navigating challenging stages of life with their family. Let's talk!
(510) 560-7947 View (510) 560-7947
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Sara Ouimette Grief Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I specialize in grief work.
You're here because you want more from life after loss and/or disappointment. Perhaps you've accomplished all you hoped for, and still feel incomplete. Or maybe nothing went as planned, and you're grappling with the loss of the life you so wanted for yourself. I work with high achievers and creatives who are used to making things happen for themselves, yet feel a general lack of joy and satisfaction (especially after achieving their goals or having arrived in mid-life). You might be asking yourself if this is all there is. I'm so glad you're here, because there absolutely is more if you're willing to go within to find it.
I specialize in grief work.
You're here because you want more from life after loss and/or disappointment. Perhaps you've accomplished all you hoped for, and still feel incomplete. Or maybe nothing went as planned, and you're grappling with the loss of the life you so wanted for yourself. I work with high achievers and creatives who are used to making things happen for themselves, yet feel a general lack of joy and satisfaction (especially after achieving their goals or having arrived in mid-life). You might be asking yourself if this is all there is. I'm so glad you're here, because there absolutely is more if you're willing to go within to find it.
(510) 447-1443 View (510) 447-1443
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Claudia Sieber
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
I have experience in helping people with work stress, depression and anxiety, grief , caregiver stress, suicide prevention, child neglect and abandonment,child sexual abuse prevention and treatment, negative coping skills including cutting, eating disorders, and other problem behaviors.
Are you struggling with behaviors that you know are not good for you? Are you worried and depressed about your life and your relationships? Let me help you sort out your thoughts and feelings and help you get back on track. I also love seeing couples and families. You may bring significant others to your therapy if you wish, to help focus you in your relationship goals.
I have experience in helping people with work stress, depression and anxiety, grief , caregiver stress, suicide prevention, child neglect and abandonment,child sexual abuse prevention and treatment, negative coping skills including cutting, eating disorders, and other problem behaviors.
Are you struggling with behaviors that you know are not good for you? Are you worried and depressed about your life and your relationships? Let me help you sort out your thoughts and feelings and help you get back on track. I also love seeing couples and families. You may bring significant others to your therapy if you wish, to help focus you in your relationship goals.
(510) 730-3158 View (510) 730-3158
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Nicole Arkin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I find it important to examine the societal context of individual suffering, particularly themes related to oppression and injustice, and tend to be the most well suited for working with sensitive and creative individuals as well as those who struggle with depression, anxiety, self esteem, loss/grief, pregnancy/postpartum and chronic/ terminal illness.
It isn't difficult to feel scared, vulnerable and not good enough in our complex world, let alone if you have a history of being abused or neglected. Therapy can help you slowly make sense of the past so that you can encounter the present moment with more awareness and vigor. I am psychotherapist with an abiding love of the arts and often work with sensitive and creative individuals, many of whom have histories of abuse/neglect and are struggling to make sense of their past and present lives in order to find a greater sense of freedom/comfort within their own skins.
I find it important to examine the societal context of individual suffering, particularly themes related to oppression and injustice, and tend to be the most well suited for working with sensitive and creative individuals as well as those who struggle with depression, anxiety, self esteem, loss/grief, pregnancy/postpartum and chronic/ terminal illness.
It isn't difficult to feel scared, vulnerable and not good enough in our complex world, let alone if you have a history of being abused or neglected. Therapy can help you slowly make sense of the past so that you can encounter the present moment with more awareness and vigor. I am psychotherapist with an abiding love of the arts and often work with sensitive and creative individuals, many of whom have histories of abuse/neglect and are struggling to make sense of their past and present lives in order to find a greater sense of freedom/comfort within their own skins.
(510) 878-4958 View (510) 878-4958
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Mary McDermott
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, LPCC, RYT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work integrating the mind, body, and spirit, you can become more connected to yourself and better able to respond to life as it occurs. I specialize in helping people reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, heal from trauma, manage difficult life transitions and go through the process of grief and loss. In conjunction with therapy I work with people individually integrating the techniques of yoga, breathing, meditation and nutrition. I will help you to develop or deepen an individualized lifestyle that suits your needs.
I work integrating the mind, body, and spirit, you can become more connected to yourself and better able to respond to life as it occurs. I specialize in helping people reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, heal from trauma, manage difficult life transitions and go through the process of grief and loss. In conjunction with therapy I work with people individually integrating the techniques of yoga, breathing, meditation and nutrition. I will help you to develop or deepen an individualized lifestyle that suits your needs.
(415) 800-1999 View (415) 800-1999
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Jean Milam
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602
I work with adults and older adults, experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and transitions.
I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental space where every part of you is welcome, the parts you know and like and those parts that you may keep hidden. Asking for help is not easy. You may have been taught that you should be able to handle difficulty by yourself, but, in fact, seeking support is the most courageous step you can take toward your own healing and emotional well-being. You don't have to experience sadness, anxiety, trauma, anger, or loss on your own.
I work with adults and older adults, experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and transitions.
I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental space where every part of you is welcome, the parts you know and like and those parts that you may keep hidden. Asking for help is not easy. You may have been taught that you should be able to handle difficulty by yourself, but, in fact, seeking support is the most courageous step you can take toward your own healing and emotional well-being. You don't have to experience sadness, anxiety, trauma, anger, or loss on your own.
(510) 257-9386 View (510) 257-9386
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Sarah Cybulski
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I specialize in supporting adolescents and adults facing Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Attachment Disorder, Life transitions, and Grief. I enjoy working with clients who are honest and open to being vulnerable and are motivated to make positive changes in their lives and I seek to support my clients in learning coping skills and setting goals to address the challenges they are facing in their lives.As your therapist, I strive to support you in recognizing and understanding your whole self and the impact of past and current life circumstances on your well-being.
I specialize in supporting adolescents and adults facing Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Attachment Disorder, Life transitions, and Grief. I enjoy working with clients who are honest and open to being vulnerable and are motivated to make positive changes in their lives and I seek to support my clients in learning coping skills and setting goals to address the challenges they are facing in their lives.As your therapist, I strive to support you in recognizing and understanding your whole self and the impact of past and current life circumstances on your well-being.
(510) 822-7175 View (510) 822-7175
Grief Therapists

How long does therapy take for grief?

There is no exact timeline for grief counseling. Some people may start to feel better after just a few sessions, while others may take months or longer to feel relief. Some specific approaches, including some types of CBT, may involve a set number of sessions, or therapy may be open-ended until the patient determines they are ready to wrap up. Just as there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there is no right or wrong way to seek therapy for grief.

When should you seek therapy for grief?

Many people mistakenly believe that their grief needs to be debilitating or all-encompassing to warrant therapy. This is not the case. While people who experience severe, prolonged grief—particularly those who are considering self-harm or engaging in unhealthy substance use—are especially likely to benefit from therapy, so too are people whose grief is less intense but still interfering with well-being or daily functioning. In practice, almost anyone struggling to process a loss could benefit from grief counseling.

Can grief be managed without therapy?

Oftentimes, yes. Grief is a near-universal part of being human, and many find that their grief, while profound, does not stop them from participating in day-to-day life and steadily eases over time without outside help. For others, however, the harsh pain of early grief persists for months or years or leaves them unable to function. This group is especially likely to benefit from seeing a therapist, who can guide them through their grief and help them reconnect with the world.

What happens if grief is left untreated?

Because grief does not in itself necessitate therapy, untreated grief will often resolve on its own. However, for some people—particularly those who would qualify for a diagnosis of prolonged grief disorder—untreated grief can be a source of seemingly endless pain or lead them to withdraw from the world. In such cases, treatment can be indispensable, as it can help an individual adapt to the loss and start living again.