Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss
The loss of a pregnancy or baby means that everything has changed. There may be shock, confusion, and a profound feeling of loss and grief. Therapy can be a place of acceptance for whatever you are feeling and wherever you are in your grief.
Mothers, fathers, partners, and family members and friends often grieve in different ways. Coping with loss is different for everyone and there is no one right way to grieve.
Ways that therapy can be helpful after miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss include:
- A safe place to tell your story and to express whatever you are feeling
- Exploring ways in which how you see yourself and your life may have changed
- Working through thoughts and feelings while also living your daily life and responsibilities
- Moving through your process without the pressures of time or needing to "get over it"
- Using EMDR therapy to address how your loss is manifesting in your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and body sensations
When losses are unexpected and traumatic, EMDR can be a helpful way of processing the experience, memories, and emotions, defusing the intensity of the experience and leading to a greater sense of peace with, and understanding of, the loss.