Loss of Identity

Feeling sad or lost while facing a life transition is natural.

If you experience a sense of not knowing who you are after this transition, not even recognizing yourself in the mirror, is what we call, Loss of Identity. This is a second level of loss (what is known as secondary loss), and it may make you wonder what your place in the world is, as it has shifted. Because it is linked to change, this could apply to a change or role, for example, if you were a mother, spouse, caretaker, or employee for a long time. Feeling this way may happen suddenly or it may take some time, however, this change in your life may make you wonder:

Loss of Identity

Who am I now?

If you do not pay attention to this feeling, you may develop depression and lack of hope for the future.

Despite facing a role ending in your life, you can also create new and meaningful roles. In my life I have experience many changes and each time I have taken the time to reflect and find ways to recreate who do I want to be after this change.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Who was I before the loss? (or change)

Who am I now?

Who do I want to be?

With all my care, I can help you become that person you want to be creating a map where you want to go. You can always become a better version of yourself.

You can do this! and I would love to guide you in this meaningful process.

Ligia M. Houben

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