Grief and Loss

Two people embracing in a hug in an attempt to recover from grief and loss

 

“When we deny the full expression of our grief, it lays like a weight on our hearts, causing emotional pain and physical ailments”

Bell Hooks

 

Processing Grief and Loss

No person who comes to Barn Life to heal is a stranger to grief and loss. Whether it be a physical death or loss of relationships or even the feeling of disconnection or disappointment, we all experience having to endure the process of grief

 

This very personal journey can be very destabilizing for many of our clients. Many clients acknowledge that they have experienced the death of a loved one in the past but have never fully processed that loss and held space for grief.

 

A Confusing and Isolating Time

Many struggle to allow themselves to sit with grief or even identify feelings oriented around grief due to current circumstances. During holidays, death and loss can be especially prominent for our clients at Barn Life. Many tend to find themselves reminded of a loved one who they have lost. It can be especially challenging for those who have not been able to fully process their loss. For these folks, it can be a very confusing and isolating time.

 

Healing in Community

We seek to allow space to normalize grief. Additionally, it’s important to note that the process is not always linear or clear-cut. It’s our philosophy that oftentimes, the pain of loss can be healed in communion. 

 

Think of wakes, funerals, and other memorial rituals and the power that these can wield. We use some of our process groups to allow our clients to help each other share their grief. This is a chance to be a part of and heal in community with others. We even acknowledge times when loss has helped us to develop and transform.

 

Grief Questions to Think About

  • How do you perceive grief and/or loss?
  • What has allowed you to process and hold space for your grief?
  • How has loss been transformative or developed your character?
  • What legacies or traditions have you carried out since your loved one’s passing?
  • What barriers disallow you to process grief and loss?
  • How can Barn Life best support your journey with healing from loss?
  • How can you best support your peers and hold space for their process?

 

Recovering after Loss in Orange County, CA

Barn Life Recovery helps people rebuild their lives following the death of a loved one or any other sort of loss through our mental health services. Grief can be an isolating experience, so we encourage those going through the stages of grief to take part in our community-wide events to get back on the path to Loving Life Again. You can also learn more about our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

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Hear From Those We've Impacted

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Barn Life is uniquely special. As someone who has had long stretches of sobriety with "traditional" communities and methods, Barn Life stepped in when I started struggling during the pandemic and said "traditional" methods failed to help.The staff here are exceptional. This is a truly subjective statement, but it is my honest opinion that the people from the owner (Hi Matt!) to EVERYONE else works there because they believe in the work and want to share the tools they found.Barn Life and their little sibling, Peer Mental Wellness were the launchpad from a shell of an existence to person with self-love/respect, and a life-mission of personal development.

Steven D.
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Best for someone looking for spiritual healing in addition to their mental health healing.

Luka P.
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Barn life is probably one of the most amazing facilities you could ever attend when it comes to mental illness. This was the first place that popped up when I was searching for help and I’m so thankful that it did. The environment is very therapeutic, the staff is awesome, and the group discussions and activities were so helpful in me understanding what I was experiencing. Do not hesitate to be a part of this place. It’s literally a game changer. I was only there for 6 weeks but I wished I stayed at least 6 months. Ever since returning home, I’ve been much happier and my perspective has changed dramatically. I’ve done things and participated in events at my college that I never thought I would be able to do. This place is truly amazing and I’m forever grateful that I found this place.

Ariana E.
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Through trial and error of trying to stay sober this program is definitely the most caring and supporting of them all if anyone needs help and is willing to help themselves I suggest barnlife they will for a fact give you the push you need and the tools to keep you going

Mason T.
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My daughter has been at Barn Life Recovery now for two months. It was my last resort to send her 9 hours away from me. She has been in drug and mental health rehabs in and out for two years. This was my last stitch effort to save my daughter and get her back to herself. Alyssa and I spoke multiple times before deciding. Their willingness to do everything for her and the different teams they have work with them is amazing. My daughter is happy again and clean and sober. She loves it there in their outpatient program. They restore your faith in humanity. They help restore someone who is broken in so many places to themselves. They have put the light back in my daughters eyes. They are committed to helping each person who truly wants the help. They assist in helping them get jobs and be responsible members of society. I recommend their program to anyone wanting to recover from drug, alcohol and mental health.Thank you to all the people at Barn Life who have made my daughter smile and bring the light back to her eyes. I am truly grateful.DawnaLee

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I am alumni from Zen Recovery Path / a great place , and live a happy healthy life ever since / great peaceful place to recover // Namaste

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