Grief and loss can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time. Life is going to happen, and sometimes you won’t even see it coming. There are resources available for those that are experiencing or have experienced grief and loss. Enhance Health Group is here to help you and your family.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss. When you lose someone or something you love, you suffer emotionally. When you lose someone or something you love, you suffer emotionally. From shock and anger to disbelief, guilt, and deep sadness, you may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions. As a result of grief and loss, you may have difficulty sleeping, eating, or even thinking clearly. It’s normal to react negatively to loss – and your grief will be more intense the more significant the loss.
One of life’s biggest challenges is coping with the loss of someone or something you love. Death is often associated with grief, which is often the most intense form, but grief can result from any loss, including:
The loss of a loved one can trigger grief even when it is subtle. Leaving home, graduating from college, or changing jobs are just a few examples of reasons to grieve.
Do not feel ashamed about how you feel, or think that there are only certain things for which you should grieve. Your loss is a part of you, so don’t feel ashamed about it. It’s normal to grieve a loss related to someone, an animal, a relationship, or a situation that meant a significant amount to you. Even if your grief has its origin in a physical or emotional loss, you can come to terms with it over time and find new meaning in your life.
It may be comforting to know that when you are experiencing any of these feelings following a loss, you are experiencing a natural reaction. It is important to note, however, that not everyone grieves through these stages. Despite popular belief, you do not need to go through all stages of healing. Despite any of these stages, some people manage to cope with grief without them. In the event that you do go through these stages of grief, you will probably not experience them in a linear pattern, so don’t be concerned about how you “should” feel or at which stage you should be.
We are prone to experiencing these symptoms when grieving, even if grief affects us differently. In the early stages of grief, it is normal to feel like you’re going crazy, your world is falling apart, or you’re in a nightmare.
There are lots of emotional symptoms that can affect anyone that’s experiencing grief and loss. Grief affects everyone differently, but the root feelings remain similar.
Losses are difficult to accept right after they happen. Loss can make you feel numb, make it hard for you to believe that it really happened, and even make you deny it happened. Even though you know they’re gone, you may expect a pet or someone you love to show up, even if they have passed away.
Most people experience profound sadness when they grieve. Emptiness, despair, loneliness, and yearning may dominate your emotions. Maybe you’re crying a lot or feeling unstable emotionally.
It is not uncommon to worry and fear after a significant loss. You may feel anxious, helpless, or insecure if you lose a partner, your job, or your home, for example. Panic attacks are also possible. It is possible to feel fear about your own mortality, about life without that person, or about the responsibilities you now face alone after the death of a loved one.
It is possible to feel angry and resentful, even when the loss was not your fault. The person who died may have abandoned you for any number of reasons, including abandonment by themselves, God, the doctors, and even the person who died. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly, you may feel the need to blame someone.
Grief is often thought of as a purely emotionally experience, but grief often involves physical problems, such as:
These physical symptoms and problems can take a toll on someone who is experiencing grief and loss. It can be detrimental to the healing process.