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Grief Counselling Calgary

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Our lives are built on pillars: The people we love, the jobs that support us, and the relationships we have. 
If any of these pillars are taken away, we lose our footing. Our stability. We mourn for what we had. And we feel grief.
Grief is a completely normal reaction when processing loss. It can present itself in many ways—intense sadness, a loss of motivation, and loneliness.  

Grief is a direct response to loss. But here’s something you might not know: Grief doesn’t just occur when a loved one dies. It can also result from the loss of a job, relationship, or quality of health. 
We’ve all heard about “the five stages of grief”. But grieving is rarely this simple or linear; it looks different for everyone. From the symptoms you experience to the duration of your grief, dealing with and experiencing loss is something we all do differently. 

It’s more helpful to understand grief through the symptoms it presents.

Most Common Grief Symptoms

  • Trouble sleeping and/or eating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches, nausea, and/or muscle tension
  • Intense sadness
  • Numbness and/or detachment
Grief can be a life-changing event, and it’s not something you need to deal with on your own. At One Life, our Calgary grief counsellors are here to help.  

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When Would Somebody Need Grief Counselling?

Are you struggling to heal from a loss and want to feel like yourself again? Do you need help coping with feelings of loneliness, stress, and depression that may be caused by grief? Are you looking for new ways to cope with negative emotions? 

When grief interferes with your ability to take care of yourself, work, study, or connect with others, grief counseling can be deeply beneficial.
Grief can be caused by any number of situations, including:
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Death of a loved one
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Loss of job/income
Personal injury
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Unresolved trauma
Chronic disease/illness

How Does Grief Counselling Work?

Heartbreak. Trauma. Loss. Grief affects people in so many ways and can be caused by so many different circumstances; as such, our grief counselling is tailored to the individual. 

For some, it causes a loss of appetite and motivation. For others, it creates intense loneliness and isolation.

To cope with the challenges of grief, many people develop unhealthy habits. Examples include:
  • Excessive drinking, smoking, and/or other substance abuse
  • Irregular eating and/or sleeping schedules
  • Intense anger and/or irritation
Through grief counselling, you can challenge your thought patterns and learn to break problematic behaviours. 

At One Life Counselling & Coaching, we tailor our treatments based on the unique challenges you’re dealing with. We get to know your specific needs to figure out how best to assist you. 

Our counsellors understand that after losing someone you love or experiencing a drastic life change, things may never feel the same again. But grief counselling is about learning to live with and accept your new reality. You master how to adjust to the changes, deal with overwhelming emotions, and look forward. 

There is hope ahead. Find out how to process grief and build a positive future with grief counselling.

Do You Have More Questions?

What Do You Talk About in Grief Counselling?

That depends—what do you want to talk about?

During your sessions, we will always respect your boundaries. We believe in treating all our clients with compassion, respect, and support. You are free to communicate however much or little as you’d like. 

When you contact us, we’ll match you with a therapist who’s the right fit for you. We’ll talk about how many sessions you might need to see the results you’re looking for. In therapy, you’ll discover tools and strategies you can use to cope with your emotions. 

How Long Should You Wait Before Bereavement Counselling?

There is no set time when grief ends or begins; it has no timeline. 

You may experience anticipatory grief; this is when you begin mourning in anticipation of a loss. It’s common when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. 

Other times, life events happen without warning, and your life changes overnight. 

Or, you may not begin to grieve until weeks and months after the event takes place.

There’s no right or wrong time to start bereavement counselling. We recommend seeking support as soon as you need it, whether that’s in anticipation of the event or weeks afterward. 

You don’t need to suffer in silence or deal with your emotions alone. With grief therapy, you can treat the symptoms caused by grief and learn how to cope with loss. We’ll be here to help as long as you need us. 

After we lose someone, their memory (and the love we had for them) stays with us. We can assist you with managing grief in the long term. Navigate the healing process with the assistance of a qualified counsellor. 

How Can I Support Others in Their Grief?

The death of a loved one can be especially difficult when it affects your entire family. When someone you love is grappling with loss, you might feel helpless—what can you do to support them?

While overcome with your own grief, you may still want to reach out and support those around you. Here’s a way to help someone you love, even as you deal with your grief:

As you might know, grief can make everyday tasks difficult. Offer to lend a hand with walking their dog, washing their dishes, or doing their laundry. Small gestures like these can be a great help. 

Sometimes, your company alone can be a great help. Simply spending time with your loved one can relieve loneliness. You don’t have to talk—show up with a tasty meal, set up on the couch, and watch a movie or read a book. 

Remember: You are not responsible for healing another person’s pain. If someone you love is really struggling, talk to them about seeking grief counselling services

Virtual or In-Person Counselling

There are many reasons why you might prefer video counselling; it’s convenient, private, and easier to fit into a busy schedule.

Whether you prefer online or in-person sessions, we’ve got you covered. Simply let us know your preference, and we’ll be happy to accommodate you. 

Find the Way Forward With Grief Counselling

At One Life Counselling & Coaching, we’re open 7 days a week—yes, that includes evenings and weekends! We have no waitlists and offer flexible availability—we’re here to support you. 

At our office, we provide a comfortable environment for our clients. Our qualified therapists and counsellors are trained in evidence-based therapies. We bring a compassionate and down-to-earth approach to counselling. 

We can help you through the healing process. Whether you’re looking for family counselling, trauma counselling, or grief counselling, we provide a welcoming environment and support from qualified Alberta psychologists. Contact One Life today!

You have one life to live!

Let us help you access your inner wisdom to stop waiting for your life to begin.
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Rates and Insurance


Individual Sessions

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session

Couples Sessions
(Recommended first 4-6 sessions)

(90 minutes)
$330 + GST
Per Session

Maintenance Couples Counselling
Follow-up or Maintenance

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session


(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session

If being able to use your insurance benefits is an important factor in your selection, our team would be happy to recommend one of our therapists who's services are covered by most insurance plans. Please be sure to confirm in advance if insurance coverage is preferred.

Our standard fees are aligned with the recommended fee schedule from the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. However, we offer the added value of 60-minute sessions in contrast to the recommended 50-minute session for this fee.

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