Grief ja EMDR
Using EMDR in connection to grief does not aim to neutralise grief, but help person to adapt to the loss, which helps process and promote emotions and positive memories. EMDR processing enables making a connection to memory networks that have a large role in the grief process and in adapting to loss. Sometimes, grief may include feelings of quilt, for example about the nature of the last meeting with the person in question, about one’s own part in the progress of the event or about what was left unsaid. In such situations, the grief process may become locked. EMDR method can affect psychological processes slowing down or hindering the grief process so that the process normalises.
Utilising EMDR for grief process work always requires careful consideration on when it is suitable. In connection to the treatment, the customer’s future capabilities of facing situations that are connected to the traumatic loss, such as the birthday of the person or an anniversary, should also be reinforced. With regard to the effectiveness of the treatment, studies concerning the use of EMDR in the treatment of grief processes indicate that a 7 week EMDR therapy, for example, significantly decreases trauma symptoms, the symptoms of complicated grief and anxiety.*
*Meysner, Cotter & Lee, 2016