Grief & Loss
Grief is a response to a profound loss not only arising from the death of a loved one, but can also be caused by the loss of a pet, a thing we hold personal or special to us. It usually causes intense feelings of sorrow and emotional pain. Since the feelings of grief are difficult to express, it stays for a long time with a person affecting the mental and physical health.
One of the main causes of Grief is the conscious processing of the fact that one will never come across the loved ones lost, or will be able spend the same time. To move forward in life, one needs to learn how to live with this sense of bereavement and how to slowly, move on.
Signs & Symptoms of Grief
To identify if one has been impacted by Grief intensely, try to observe the following signs:
- Loneliness characterised by a feeling of hollowness
- Disruption or sudden change in your daily life routines
- Loss of appetite and sleep
- Blunt effect: not feeling any emotions
- Loss of empathy
- Lack of motivation
- Frequent outbursts
- Feeling lost
- Might develop addiction: alcohol, smoking etc.
Types of loss
Loss can take place because of many reasons like that of relationship break up, serious illness of a loved one, death of a family member etc. This can further terminate to the categories of loss like that of psychological loss, relationship loss, physical loss etc.
Myths and facts
Everyone grieves in the various stages of life
There are five stages of experiencing grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Grief does not follow the rules. Everyone grieves in a different manner and there is not a right or wrong way to grieve
Grief and mourning are same
Grief produces many behaviour and mourning is one of them. Grief is the emotional state related to the loss of something or someone, whereas mourning, is the actions that are a result of grief. Grief includes all the emotions that the person feels like that of numbness, acute emotional pain, anger etc. .
Grief gets better with time
Grief does not follow a timeline. With the passing of time it has been noted that there is a decrease in the intensity of pain which one goes through but it does not truly heal the pain. Time and sometimes distance from the thing that is causing grief can be beneficial, but this alone doesn’t guarantee that grief will get better.
Conversing about loss can make it worse
Not talking about the loss keeps the hurt trapped. Talking about loss loosens the grp of pain and enables a person to develop new insights and accept encouragement. Conversing with somebody who is there and along the grief process is helpful.
How can one overcome grief and counselling?
The pain of grief can often cause the person to withdraw from others and retreat into their own shell. Having face-to-face support from other people is important to heal from loss. Even though the person is not comfortable talking about his feelings, it’s important to express them when grieving.
Spend time with family and friends - . Now is the time to be with the people who care about you. Rather than avoiding them, keep friends and loved ones close, spend time face to face and accept the assistance that is offered.
Draw comfort from your faith. - If you follow a religious tradition, embrace the comfort the mourning rituals can provide. Spiritual activities that have meaning in life to you like praying, meditating, or going to church can offer solace.
Associate with a support group. - Grief can make one feel very lonely, even when they have loved ones around. Sharing your sorrow with others who have gone through similar losses can help. To locate a bereavement support group in your area, contact local hospitals, hospices, funeral homes, and counseling centers.
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