The Importance of Finding a Qualified Grief Counselor

Coping with the loss of a loved one is never easy. We all experience different levels of grief, where some of us may prefer to seek professional help. Discussing your grief and sadness in a professional setting creates a safe place for you to openly talk about the deceased and the emotions you are experiencing. This may help you learn to cope in a healthy way and find hope that was lost. 

Don’t let the challenge of finding help stop you from seeking treatment. There are many resources that are easily available to help you through this difficult time. The caregivers at Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Services have provided tips on finding a qualified grief counselor to help you get back on your feet.

Where Do You Find a Grief Counselor?

Your family doctor is a great place to start, as they may offer a list of referrals or suggestions for finding a grief specialist. Getting input from a doctor you already trust is a great push, and can even offer insight on helping you determine your needs from a grief counselor. It’s also important to get in touch with your health insurance company to learn which practices are covered by your insurance. Although it may feel scary, don’t hesitate to reach out to loved ones or organizations you’re involved with for recommendations. If you prefer to keep this private, turn to your laptop to research grief specialists near you. 

Take Advantage of Online Tools 

Reaching out for help can be a challenge for some. Grieving is a personal experience, where some may crave the privacy that comes with it. There are a number of online tools one can take advantage of when searching for a professional grief counselor.


  • Psychology Today. Psychology Today is a useful website that is user friendly. Simply select the Grief Counselor section, type in your location, and search your preferences. This tool allows you to enter your insurance to sort through practices that accepts your plan. 
  • Good Therapy. Similar to Psychology Today, Good Therapy will help find licensed therapists in your area. Learn more about each therapist in their “about me” section to find a good fit. 
  • Better Help. For those seeking counseling in an easy, low maintenance way, consider online therapy. Better Help will connect you with a counselor based on the therapy you are seeking, in this instance grief therapy.  


Look for These Qualities in a Grief Counselor

It is completely normal for someone to visit various grief counselors until they find their fit. Consider checking online reviews to get an idea of their personality before setting a time to meet. If you don’t feel a good connection after the first couple sessions, it is always welcome to reach out to another professional to see if they suit your needs. When researching reviews and attending your first session, look for these qualities:

  • Professional 
  • Sympathetic 
  • Pristine communication skills (verbal and nonverbal)
  • Trustworthy
  • Fits with your schedule
  • Offers insight on healthy coping skills 
  • Gives you hope for a brighter future 

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the caregivers at Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Services for help. Our Funeral Directors can offer you a list of educational resources in regard to grief counseling and healing.  

Diehl-Whittaker is a funeral service in Columbus, Ohio who makes every effort to reflect the quality of your loved one’s life. 

The care your family deserves, at a cost your family can afford. 

Contact us today for burial packages, cremation packages, and pre-planning forms. 

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