Blog by Norma
Grief is a complex aspect of life that affects us all at some point. There is no one way to cope with grief; however, understanding grief can help us make the journey through it a little easier.
WHAT IS GRIEF?
Grief is an emotional reaction to loss, usually accompanied by intense emotions such as sadness, shock, and loneliness. It can present itself with physical or somatic symptoms of fatigue, headaches, stomachaches, weight changes, confusion, and insomnia. It can be the result of many emotions and has many causes: breakup or divorce, medical diagnosis, change in life stage, loss of pet or friendship.
Understanding the various stages and types of grief can help us better navigate the non-linear and highly unique experience of grief.
TYPES OF GRIEF
STAGES OF GRIEF
Coping with grief is complicated. Using pre-existing coping strategies and relying on one's natural resilience are great ways to cope. If experiencing grief, ask yourself a few questions: What resources do I have to help me manage? What negative experiences have I had, and how did I cope with them? What would be helpful to me in reducing the intensity of my grief?
Healing after loss is complicated and can sound impossible if you are in the midst of the grieving process. Healing includes caring for oneself and getting back to a regular routine. Helping a loved one through grief involves picking up on their non-verbal cues, as communicating their needs may be difficult. Remember to give those grieving space if they need it and time to reflect.
If you or someone you know is experiencing grief, reach out to a mental health provider and try some of the tips in this blog to ease the process.
Source: Zencare. (2023, December 4). Managing grief and coping with loss. Managing Grief and Coping with Loss. https://blog.zencare.co/managing-grief-and-coping-with-loss/