Navigating the Grief that Comes with Chronic Pain

Today we have a post from another one of our therapists here at Anchored Counseling Co., Morgan Sanford. Morgan is dedicated to empowering individuals on their path to emotional well-being and personal growth. She customizes a holistic approach encompassing emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness for each unique client. Creating a safe and supportive environment is a top priority for Morgan, who specializes in working with individuals dealing with eating disorders, body image issues, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, life transitions, perfectionism, and chronic pain/illness.

Her holistic therapeutic style draws from diverse approaches tailored to individual needs. Morgan’s compassionate and person-centered approach prioritizes the well-being of her clients. She’s a proponent of the Health at Every Size model, advocating for body acceptance and a positive body image.

For those seeking faith-based counseling, Morgan offers this option, addressing the spiritual needs and beliefs of her clients.

From Morgan:

As I sit down to write this, my heart swells with empathy and understanding for each one of you who has found your way here. Coping with chronic pain is tough. It stirs up lots of feelings and deep sadness. In the realm of chronic pain, where each day can feel like a battle, there exists a journey that often goes unnoticed—the journey of navigating grief.

Three Strategies for Navigating the Grief that Comes with Chronic Pain

1.     Acknowledge the Grief: Living with chronic pain is not just a physical battle; it’s an emotional one too. It’s okay to acknowledge and grieve for the life you once knew, the activities you miss, and the spontaneity that seems to have faded away. Give yourself permission to feel the sadness, frustration, and even anger that may arise. Recognizing this grief is the first step towards healing.

2.     Explore Coping Strategies: While chronic pain may not have a one-size-fits-all solution, exploring various coping strategies can be empowering. Whether it’s mindfulness, gentle exercises, or creative outlets, finding what works for you is an essential part of the healing process. It’s about discovering new ways to bring joy and fulfillment into your life, even in the midst of pain.

3.     Embrace a New Narrative: As we navigate the complexities of chronic pain, it’s important to rewrite the narrative. Instead of focusing solely on what has been lost, let’s celebrate the strength, resilience, and adaptability that resides within you. Each day presents an opportunity to create a new and meaningful story—one that acknowledges the challenges but also highlights the victories, no matter how small.

As we navigate the complexities of grief intertwined with chronic pain, let’s hold onto the belief that healing is possible. Each strategy, each affirmation, is a step towards embracing the journey and finding a renewed sense of hope and joy.

Wishing you warmth and resilience,


Affirmation of the Day: “My worth is not defined by my pain; I am more than the challenges I endure.”

We hope you found Morgan’s insights on navigating the grief associated with chronic pain helpful. If her message resonated with you, this could be the perfect time to take meaningful steps toward your healing and peace. To initiate your work with Morgan, please feel free to call our office at 615.510.3797 or click here to learn more.

Anchored Counseling Company is a a group practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, body image concerns, eating disorders & disordered eating, substance use, trauma and PTSD, and spirituality in Brentwood, Tennessee and serving the greater Nashville, Tennessee area. We are easily accessible for clients living in Franklin, Tennessee and Spring Hill, Tennessee. 

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