Let’s start by saying that loss is part of life. It’s inevitable and it could be if not the most, one of the most challenging and difficult times in anybody’s life. Now, grief is part of the healing process after we suffer a loss. It’s the natural emotion or reaction that a person has after dealing with a significant loss. We are talking about the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or the reality of having to let go a very important person or a chapter of your life.
So, we can grief the death of someone, a terrible health diagnosis, or the physical and emotional separation from someone or something we dearly love. In short, we are talking about major losses.
Even though we all experiment a different kind of losses throughout our lives, we all react and live loss in a very personal and unique way, and that makes the grief process an original one too. In consequence, we all grieve differently.
According to experts, it’s important to understand, not only for those who are grieving, but also for their friends and family, that this is a process, and as such, it has stages with distinct characteristics.
It helps to start by understanding why you are suffering, while at the same time you realize that it’s healthy and safe to grieve without trying to control the process, meaning that there is not a time frame that you can consider enough or appropriate to heal after a loss, and that there are specific symptoms that you will experience as part of the grief cycle.
It’s also relevant to mention that the entire grieving process changes depending on the kind of loss you are suffering. Times, stages, reactions and symptoms will vary if you experienced a sudden or an expected loss. Both are very difficult to assume, but the process might be different.
Here are some symptoms you might experience after a loss:
- Depressed mood
- Social Isolation
- Sleep disturbance
Let your emotions flow, talk to other people, and avoid alcohol or other substances. Consulting a professional could be helpful during your healing process. Don’t be afraid, and look for help if you need it.