Helping Yourself Mentally
The process of grief extends far beyond emotions to encompass the function of the entire body. When overloaded the body protects itself by shutting down and conserving resources. Memory, reasoning capacity and the ability to concentrate are diminished as a result of grief. Furthermore, family members who remain often have additional responsibilies to learn and take over. The combination of decreased mental capacity and increased level of responsibility can leave the person overwhelmed and can limit their functioning.
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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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