The loss of a loved one can shake you down to your core. Feelings of anger, loss, guilt, and abandonment can be overwhelming and disrupt an individual’s day-to-day life. Each individual’s grief looks different, but many share some consistent feelings.
What Is Grief? Grief is a natural emotional response to loss, described as a flood of different emotions that cause pain for the individual. Feelings of overwhelming sadness, anger, and guilt can change how an individual responds to everyday events or trigger adverse emotions in seemingly normal or happy occasions, such as birthdays or holidays.
This blog post gives a deeper understanding of grief and loss.
Physical Symptoms of Grief
Grief isn’t just emotional, but it can also be seen through physical responses as well. Grief is often followed by feelings of nausea, fatigue, trouble sleeping, trouble eating, weight gain or weight loss, and a lowered immunity.
The Grieving Process
Everyone handles grief differently and can last anywhere from a few weeks to years. It is important to understand that grief is completely natural.
Stages of Grief
Individuals will go through these stages when grieving the loss of a loved one:
Denial that the individual died. Often, an individual looks forward to telling their loved one about their day only to realize that they can’t.
Anger stems from a feeling of abandonment. Individuals dealing with the grief of a loved one may feel that nothing was done to protect their loved one, their loved one brought it on themselves, or that the person who died left them behind.
Bargaining. Whether with themselves or through divine intervention, some individuals may find themselves bargaining better behaviors to try and bring a loved one back.
Depression is common after the loss of someone close to you. The individual may feel that they have no strength to get up in the morning, that nothing matters anymore, or develop a pessimistic view about the world.
Acceptance comes at the end of the grieving period when an individual finally comes to peace with their loss. They may still feel moments of sadness, but it will be more controllable and not as overwhelming for them to handle.
It is important to remember that not every individual will go through these stages. Some people may find themselves accepting the situation, while others may skip the bargaining or anger steps. All of it is completely normal and should be allowed. It is important to be strong enough to face these emotions; ignoring them could lead to further grief or hurt.
How to Deal With the Grieving Process
The best thing a grieving individual can do is to be honest with themselves. It can be terrifying to come to terms with the emotions that many people try to hide daily.
- Acknowledge the pain and accept that it’s okay to grieve.
- Understand that everyone grieves differently; you may feel differently than others.
- Seek support from people who care about you
- Take care of yourself physically so you can support yourself emotionally
Where to Turn for Support
Here are the support options an individual grieving with loss has available to them;
- Friends and family
- Faith or church groups
- Support groups
- Professional grief counseling
If your loved one died at home, you may need help recovering. The compassionate and caring team at Red Responders are here to help restore rooms and homes to their original conditions after the death of a loved one. Contact our team today for more information.