Helping Yourself Emotionally
The emotional aspect of grief is overwhelming and all consuming at first. Loss and emotional pain can causes crippling physical pain. Being able to feel the emotions, voice feelings, and begin to cope with strong and negative emotions will help you in working towards a new and healthier emotional normal.
Pope John Paul II
F. Alexander Magoun
From the Editors Desk
I read a very helpful article on the stages of grief written by Susan Anderson, a psychotherapist specializing in abandonment and loss, who experience both a divorce and then the loss of a second husband through death. Her perspectives are well researched and the result of her observations and personal experience. She...
Certain Risk factor have been identified as contributing to Complicated Grief . Knowing if you are at risk and following preventative measure can help prevent you from grieving in unhealthy manners. The following risk factors have been identified for developing Complicated Grief: An unexpected or violent death, such as with an accident,...
From Our Experience
Common Grief Reactions
Grief is the normal emotional response to the loss of a loved one.
- Emotional numbness and loss of interest in life.
- Shock, disbelief or denial right after loss occurs.
- Loneliness and Anxiety from being separated.
- Mourning and periods of sadness accompanied by crying.
- Anger or guilt
- Physical symptoms such as fatigue, loss of increase of appetite, and inability to sleep or concentrate
As you work through normal grief you will come to an acceptance of your loss and you should be able to continue to function in everyday life even though days will still be hard and difficult. If you find yourself lingering in these emotions and unable to function, it is important to seek medical help.
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