For elderly people, this is the stage of sorrow that hurts the most. As the reality of the loss hits, this stage frequently happens 2-4 weeks following the incident. Your loved one may begin to view everyday issues in their life differently as they come to terms with their predicament. Things that were formerly commonplace or minor will become more significant. For instance, a person who has dealt with high cholesterol for years without voicing many complaints can unjustifiably elevate it to the level of an existential crisis. Also, start looking for solutions to fill the gap that loss and sadness have left at this point. It's possible to "fill the hole" in both beneficial and detrimental ways.
Signs and Symptoms
- Feeling trapped in mourning
- Filling the void with unhealthier habits such as smoking and/or drinking
- Loss of appetite and sleep
- Right now, let your loved one know that there are established support networks nearby. This can include activities that provide a sense of community for people, such as social gatherings with family and friends, and church services.
- Now is the time to keep an eye out for any signs of substance misuse if your loved one has a history of it.
- It is typical for people with substance abuse difficulties to relapse and "fill the vacuum" with drugs and alcohol during periods of grief and loneliness.
How Online Counselling can be helpful?
The majority of elderly people will feel lonely or alone at some point in their lives. They experience loneliness for a variety of reasons, including no motivation towards life, after the death of a spouse, and becoming distant from their children, and others. By talking to someone, you can reduce your sense of loneliness and gain a greater understanding of why you feel that way. There is nothing abnormal about feeling lonely; you are perfectly normal to feel that way. However, loneliness can occasionally be a sign of a more serious mental health issue, necessitating medical attention. Geriatric counselling should be recommended for the same
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