Dealing With Loss and Grief
Online Therapy - Dealing With Loss and Grief
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The process of grieving involves several emotional stages that can occur as a natural part of life. However, we can become overwhelmed with shock or prolonged sadness.
Whether loss involves real death or a symbolic loss such as loss of friendship, loss of a career; we all have to face the fact that we may never see that friend again or that we need to start all over again. This process makes us feel an internal emptiness, or crying for what we feel we have lost forever.
Emotions in grief can also involve guilt, blame, anger, or regret. Also, the different emotions can present themselves in a combined form confusing the person about what they are feeling. For example, a husband can mourn his wife’s death due to illness but also feel relief for her as she is no longer suffering.
The thought process during grief can move to different aspects of the grief process to make sense of their loss. Some people may blame themselves and think “it’s all my fault” while others may try to deal with guilt “I could have done more”.
The behaviours or personal practical life also gets affected during the grieving process. Some people may prefer to have periods of solitude while others may seek constant company.
The human body is designed to grief when we lose people we love through death. However, when we experience loss in general, the body may get confused in how to deal with these feelings. When it is difficult to pinpoint what makes us sad or tearful, we feel as though we will never recover. Through research and clinical experience, we can detect the cause for the feeling of loss, i.e., sometimes the loss of a partner resembles feelings felt for a parent, once the body detects the cause of the loss you start grieving naturally and find an end to your suffering.
Grief is not a single emotion but a multifaceted process where different emotions are at play. You may start a grief process with crying but other people could start that with anger or remorse. Therefore, assessing the nature of the loss and the stage you are in your grief process will aid the outcome of the intervention. All processes of grief end with acceptance. It is particularly important to consult with a Clinical Psychologist if you see that you are stuck in your grief, or that you feel down, not just sad, this will ensure you can complete your own personal grieving process and carry on with your life.
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