We all experienced grief and loss at some point in our lives. Losing someone or something we love or care about like the death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the death of a pet, the loss of a job etc., can be very painful. It is normal to feel and think this way after experiencing a significant loss. We may feel that the grief will never be healed. But the pain will ease over time. Although there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that can help us move on.
The intensity of grief, how long it lasts, and your reactions to it differs. Some common reactions to grief and loss include:
- Feeling sad or down, frequent crying
- Shock, denial, numbness
- Stress, anxiety, confusion, exhaustion
- Anger, guilt, shame, blame or relief
- Loneliness, isolation and withdrawal
- Feeling or acting differently to usual
- Physical health problems such as pain, headaches, changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Difficult to concentrate
- Not enjoying the usual activities and hobbies
- Tension or problems with personal relationships
- Increase alcohol, smoking or drug use
- Feeling hopeless or like you can’t go on
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
It is not healthy to be in grief for an extended period of time.