Grappling with Grief, Loss or Bereavement

Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. When you grieve, it’s part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you were to the person who died, if the person’s death was expected and other factors. While friends, family and faith may be sources of support, sometimes a person needs additional support to recover or prevent further emotional turmoil. Grief counseling or grief therapy at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute can provide the help you need. 

The impact of grief can appear in many forms. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness. While you may not always notice these changes in your emotional or physical self, friends and loved ones can sometimes spot these changes and sense a problem. 

The multidisciplinary treatment teams at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute can help you and your family overcome the loss you’ve experienced with a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs and goals. The team of psychologists, physicians, spiritual directors, social workers and other professionals collaborate with referring clinicians and organizations to best target your concerns and develop a plan to help you heal. 

For more information on this topic, please visit the National Institute of Health.

We’re Only a Phone Call Away

If you would rather reach our Intake Coordinators by phone, please call 314-289-9411 to discuss appointment scheduling if you or a loved one may be experiencing a mental health issue. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form.

In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Contact Us

New patients please call Intake Coordinators at:


City of St. Louis, Missouri (Macklind)

1129 Macklind Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-534-0200 (returning patients)

Chesterfield, Missouri (West County)

16216 Baxter Rd. Stes 205 and 225,
Chesterfield, MO 63017
636-532-9188 (returning patients)

Fairview Heights, Illinois

331 Salem Place, Suite 225-A,
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
618-825-0051 (returning patients)