Grief and Loss
Losing something or someone you love can feel very painful and overwhelming, when we think of loss we often think of bereavement but sometimes other life events such as a job change, house move, divorce, retirement, loss of a pet or friendship can lead to feelings of grief and mourning for the old life we had before.
Grief is an emotional response to loss, and feelings can be overwhelming and painful, there may be mixed emotions along with extreme sadness which can include, shock, guilt and anger and even though everyone experiences grief differently it is an important part of the healing process to allow ourselves to experience the grief.
There is no typical response to loss or is there no “normal” timeline to how long the grieving process should take but overtime these emotions should become less intense and acceptance of the loss becomes easier.
Sometimes your body can manifest grief in different ways, as well as the emotional response there can be physical effects such as feeling faint or dizzy, night sweats, fatigue/insomnia, nausea, weight loss or weight gain.
If these feelings are overwhelming and you feel as though your grief is getting worse or you think it may have triggered a more serious mental health problem such as depression then it may be a sign that you need professional help to cope with these feelings.