The death of a loved one can be one of the most devastating experiences of our lives. Grief brings a wide range of emotional responses, many of which mimic symptoms of depression, such as fear, anger, deep sadness, lack of motivation, guilt and wondering if things can ever possibly be different. Grief is as unique as we are individual, and varies from person to person, even within the same family. Factors like family customs, beliefs, relationship to the person who has died and culture all contribute to our unique ways of processing grief. Other life losses, such as divorce, job loss, home foreclosure or eviction, fragmented personal relationships and other changes can cause profound grief.
Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.
A few common symptoms in these categories are:
Crying, sighing and/or wailing
Loss of appetite
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 or something else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.
I receive ongoing training in grief and life loss, and view this work as part of my unique life calling. If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact me today. Hope and healing are possible.