Society tends to recognize death as a loss warranting grief. I view grief as the emotional response to a loss, any kind of loss. The loss of a loved one or a friend, and also the loss of a relationship, job, home, loss of a feeling, health, security or safety, the loss of a dream, or the loss of a part of ourselves. All of these experiences often result in feelings of overwhelming sadness, depression, anxiety, confusion – all worthy of support and exploration.
If you are:
– wondering how you’ll survive without your loved one
– having difficulty focusing or concentrating
– noticing physical symptoms such as head, stomach, joint, or muscle pain
– experiencing more frequent crying spells
– sleeping and eating too much or too little
– going through the motions of your daily routine, without joy or pleasure
– easily irritated, especially by those who seem unaffected by loss
– worried about alienating others because you’re “not over it yet”
– excessively thinking of the things you “should have” or “could have” done differently,
you are not alone. These are thoughts, feelings, and behaviors experienced by those who have suffered a loss and are grieving. Things will get better, with time. Speaking with a therapist is also helpful.