When we experience a major loss, such as the death of a loved one, grief is the normal and natural way our mind and body cope. It's important to note that everyone grieves differently, so don't ever feel as if you're not grieving how you should. And at the same time there are common patterns people tend to share.
Stages of Grief
For example, someone experiencing grief usually moves through a series of emotional stages, such as:
Physical responses are typical as well, such as:
Give Yourself Time
Time always plays an important role in the grieving process. As the days, weeks and months go by, you will experience a range of emotional and physical reactions that normally lead towards acceptance, healing and getting on with life as fully as possible.
You're Not Alone
Sometimes grieve can become overwhelming, making you feel like you'll never get out of this state. Serious losses are never easy to deal with, but if you are having trouble beginning to actively re-engage in life after a few months, you should consider getting professional help. For example, if continual depression or physical symptoms such as loss of appetite, inability to sleep, or chronic lack of energy persists, it is probably time to see a doctor.
Chapel Ridge has many years of experience helping families cope with loss. Contact us today and we can guide you through this difficult time.