Grief is the word used to describe the natural emotional response to loss. When faced with the loss of any kind, one feels a number of emotions in response to this. The word grief refers to the different emotions, such as what both psychologists and Betterhelp say is a feeling of emptiness when something or someone you love is taken from you.
Grief is commonly used to describe the emotions one feels in association to death.However, death is not the only type of loss that can cause a person to experience grief. There are a number of different emotions you can feel when you are faced with any type of loss including:
- The loss of a loved one through divorce or the end of a relationship
- Loss of your health
- Losing your employment
- Facing the loss of financial stability
- The loss of a friendship
- One can experience grief with the loss of safety after a trauma
- Loss of stability such as losing your home
- The loss of a family pet
The Symptoms of Grief
The symptoms of grief will vary from one person to another as loss affects people in different ways
The Emotional symptoms of grief include:
- Sadness (you may have feelings of emptiness, despair or deep loneliness)
- Crying or feeling emotionally unstable.
- Guilt or regret
- Fear or anxiety
- Withdrawing and lack of interest
The Physical symptoms of grief include:
Grief is not only an emotional experience but can also give rise to a number of physical symptoms that include:
- Weight loss or weight gain
The Downward Spiral of Untreated Grief
The emotional and physical symptoms of grief, if left untreated or ignored can lead to more serious effects on the griever. Therefore it is important to seek out support from friends and family or even a therapist to help you through the grieving process. Grief is a transient emotional period and with support, one can work through the emotions and find ways and learn coping mechanisms to deal with grief.
For example, From Grief to Homelessness:
There are a number of reasons that a person can become homeless. One such reason can be grief. For instance, suffering the loss of a loved one can result in a number of emotions and physical symptoms. These symptoms and emotions such insomnia, fatigue and lack of interest can lead to loss of employment as a result of poor performance or non-performance. This can spiral into the loss of financial stability and can be followed by the loss of their home or car due to the loss of income.
This is a worst case scenario but the point is that the emotions and symptoms of grief can have a serious impact on your quality of life. Finding support or seeking out therapy to deal with the emotions you are feeling can help you process the stages of grief and aid you in finding ways to deal with the loss you have experienced.
Support and Therapy
- Lean on your family or turn to friends.
- Accept the assistance others offer
- Seek out and join a Grief Support Group
- Talk to a therapist or grief
- Seek out an online Grief Support group, there are a number of online support communities as well as on social media
From What’s Your Grief“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” Mitch Albom, For One More Day