Bereavement and HIV (AIDS)

Grief and disease are a part of life, however it is not an easy part. Sometimes we need help to come to grips with our illness or the passing of a loved one. If you feel overwhelmed and need assistance, please contact me.

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Bereavement

Bereavement is mostly associated with death; but it can be seen as any kind of loss; such as the loss of marriage, job, and health or a mental disorder. No-one wants to go through this, but it is a very real part of life. You may even go into a depression due to your loss. The bereavement process consists of various stages, which you may go through at any time. The stages are not set in stone and vary according to the person.

The Stages of Bereavement

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

HIV/AIDS

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus damages one’s immune system and therefore one cannot fight the disease. It is a lifelong disease that can be controlled with Antiretroviral medication. In some cases the HIV will progress to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

This disease can be sexually transmitted, as well as through contaminated blood or from  a mother to her baby during pregnancy or afterbirth. As a counselor I am here to help you get perspective on the disease. As well as help you move forward with coping skills and a better understanding of the effects of the disease on your emotional and mental state.