Grief and Loss

Effective Treatment for a Common Experience

What is Grief?

Losing someone or something you love can be devastating and coping with it whilst continuing with normal life can be a challenge. You naturally respond to your loss with grief, which involves experiencing difficult emotions.

Typically, the more significant your loss is to you, the more intense your grief will be. Sometimes, grief does not ease with time and people cannot find it in them to accept their loss. 

We sometimes think of grief as only associated with the death of a loved one. However, several other losses may also cause grief.

The Common Causes of Grief

The loss of anything that you deem important for you can cause feelings of grief, which may include:

  • A divorce or relationship breakup

  • Loss of a job

  • Death of a pet

  • Loss of a cherished dream

  • Loss of a friendship

  • Health loss

  • Serious illness of a loved one

  • Loss of financial stability

  • Retirement

  • A miscarriage.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Grief ?

For a person who is dealing with grief, it is normal to experience some of these symptoms in the days and weeks after a traumatic event.

   Emotional symptoms

  • Deep sadness

  • Preoccupation with the loss

  • Detachment from others and activities you used to enjoy

  • Irritability

  • Numbness

  • Bitterness

  • Inability to experience or show joy.

 

In addition to these emotional symptoms, a person may also experience some physical symptoms, as grief is not entirely emotional.

   Physical symptoms

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Digestive problems

  • Sore muscles

  • Chest pain.

The Impact of Grief

The effects of grief can be both short-term and long-term. Short-term effects usually include a lack of desire to attend social gatherings and an inability to go to school or work. With significant losses, this is quite normal and often lessens with time. On the other hand, long-term, chronic grief can be more serious in nature and may impact on your life in many spheres in a significant way. Regardless of the symptoms and effects that you experience, it is important for you to seek treatment for grief symptoms that remain for a long time because when left untreated, grief may impact physical, mental, relationship and occupational functioning.

Furthermore, sometimes it is helpful to talk about the grief you experience when it is still acute and intense.  This can help you make sense of the loss, get the much-needed comfort from a trained professional that you require, and grow to hopefully a stronger and better version of yourself.

Treatment of Grief

While you are working through grief, it is helpful to be able to talk to someone about your loss when you need to. Hence, the support of friends and family is crucial. Moreover, take good care of yourself, try to manage stress, and do things you enjoy even if you do not feel like it. Take time to grieve and cry, but try not to isolate yourself.

For friends who don’t know how to support a grieving loved one, remember that just being there or making a cup of tea or simple meals can be invaluable, even if you don’t know what to say.

If you struggle with grief symptoms that seem just too hard to bear, you might want to seek help from a professional grief psychologist Adelaide. A grief psychologist can help you explore your emotions and teach you helpful coping skills and grief management strategies. When you are grieving, it is important to understand your emotions and take care of yourself to heal for good, instead of looking for temporary escapes.

At Kensington Psychology and Well-being, there is an expert team of Adelaide psychologists who is trained to provide grief counselling. Our grief counselling is compassionate and kind and aimed at helping you heal from the pain so you can feel ready to enjoy a meaningful and joyful life again.

 Kensington Psychology & Well-Being.   
82 Shipsters Road, Kensington Park, Adelaide. 
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