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What is grief ?

 

"Grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss or change of any kind.

Of itself, grief is neither a pathological condition nor a personality disorder.”

Loss of a loved one

 

The most intense grief experience usually comes from the death of a loved one. Feeling empty and numb is common. Besides deep feelings of sadness and sorrow, physical symptoms may arise—long- or short-term memory loss or the inability to eat or sleep, for example. Sleeping or eating too much is also common. Other emotions in the grieving process can be profound sadness, longing for the loved one, guilt or regret, anxiety, fear, ambivalence or helplessness. Strange or disturbing dreams can arise. Absent-mindedness is common. In fact, grief and sorrow can lead to a sense of “losing one’s mind.” Such feelings and behaviors are normal and will pass.

 

Helping yourself heal

 

Grief, or bereavement, counseling helps those in mourning process their feelings of grief. This support can be provided by specially trained psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, nurses, and pastoral counselors. It is also available in self-help grief support groups. Talking about fears, regrets, and other feelings can bring a greater sense of peace than if grief is hidden or dismissed. The overall goal of grief counseling is to help the bereaved pass through the normal, natural grief process as they come to terms with their loss.

 

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