Grief & Depression

The Weight Can Be Lifted!

Are you grieving over the loss of a loved one, pet, or job? Grief is not right or wrong. It just is. Learn the tools to help during your grief journey.

LifeStar Counseling can help you:

  • Cope with the loss of your spouse, a child or parent
  • Cope with the loss of a family member. close friend or pet
  • Navigate major life transitions such as job change, home move or unemployment
  • Learn to help yourself when in the midst of the miry bog of depression

On some level we all experience grief whether it is the loss of a job, loss of a loved one or the loss of a pet. Grief can be very disorienting. It can leave you feeling you are lost at sea with no land in sight. The waves continue to wash over you with a myriad of feelings such as sadness, loss of energy and purpose, depression, apathy, darkness, or hopelessness. And this isn’t an exhaustive list of how grief may impact you. There is no map on how to get out of grief. There is no safe shortcut to get over grief. There is no timetable for getting over your grief. The truth is you just have to go through it.

Sometimes our friends and family won’t understand our grief and will say hurtful things even though they are trying to be helpful. Sometimes people have pre-conceived ideas about how one should be processing grief and freely let you know when you are not doing it “right”. There isn’t a “right way” to go through grief. The truth is that every person’s grief journey will be unique.

The good news is there are resources and tools that can be extremely helpful on the journey through grief. Just being able to talk freely about your grief with someone who understands the nature of grief can be extremely helpful. Making connections with a group of people that are also on the journey can also be very encouraging during the arduous grief trek. While grief can be so isolating and even paralyzing, making the choice to equip yourself with the right tools can be tremendous help during your grief journey.

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"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
Alice Walker
“It's never too late... never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”
Jane Fonda
"Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit."
Helena Rubenstein, Polish cosmetics industrialist
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou, African-American poet
"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the Summer Olympics
"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."
Mae C. Jemison, first African-American woman astronaut
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, author of "On Death and Dying"

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LifeStar Counseling
13901 NE 175th Street
Suite F
Woodinville, WA 98072

Crisis Lines

If you are in crisis, call 911 or your local crisis line, which are available 24 hours a day.

Crisis Line in Snohomish County
425-258-4357 or 1-800-584-3578

Crisis Line in King County:
206-461-3222 or 1-866-427-4747