You have experienced a significant loss. You feel angry, confused, sad, loss, gutted, or maybe nothing at all?
Grief: The natural emotional response resulting from a significant loss – especially the death of a loved one.
Everyone deals with grief differently. Some cry, laugh, busy themselves with work, vomit, or even feel nothing at all. Some recover quickly, others take a much longer time. Some people move through and around denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, then back to anger again. Grief is a natural healing process and there’s no right way to do it.
For some people, grief can become too painful and grow into something totally different like depression or anxiety. Other times it may last far too long and take over a person’s life for years on end, this is called complicated grief.
Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.
The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on their background, beliefs, relationships, and other factors.
Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.
A few common symptoms in these categories are:
- Crying and sighing
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of sadness and yearning
- Feelings of worry or anger
- Feelings of frustration or guilt
- Feeling detached from others
- Self-isolation from social contact
- Behaving in ways that are not normal for you
Every grieving experience is different. A person may be able to continue their day-to-day routine after one loss, yet not be able to get out of bed after the loss of someone else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.
If you or someone you know match the symptoms listed above, I am confident that we can help and invite you to self-schedule a free consultation or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! We offer both individual and group supportive counseling for grief, loss, and bereavement
Our multidisciplinary team of trauma-informed clinicians use approaches grounded solidly in research to help you the way trauma has caused you to view yourself, others, and the world. Let’s work together, and take back your sense of self, trust, safety, and power.
If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact me today for a free consultation