The loss of a loved one is life's most stressful event and can cause a major emotional crisis.  When a death takes place, you may experience a wide range of emotions, even when the death is expected. Some emotions you may experience include:

  • Denial
  • Disbelief
  • Confusion
  • Shock
  • Sadness
  • Yearning
  • Anger
  • Humiliation
  • Despair
  • Guilt

These feelings are normal and common reactions to loss.  We all experience different intensity and duration of emotions. 

Mourning is a natural process that we all go through to accept a major loss.  It is a personal process.

Grieving is the outward expression of the loss.  It can be expressed in physical, emotionally, and psychologically.  Physical symptoms can be stomach pain, loss of appetite, intestinal upsets, sleep issues, and loss of energy.  Existing illnessess may worsen or new conditions may develop.  Emotional reactions may include anxiety attacks, chronic fatigue, depression and thoughts of suicide. 

Living with grief can include:  seek out caring people, express your feelings, take care of your health, accept that life is for the living, postpone major life changes, be patient, and seek outside help when necessary.  Find a mental health therapist that deals with loss and grief.

Just remember that not all of those who experience grief, deal with a loss the same.  Children who experience a major loss may grieve differently than adults.  They are confused about changes taking place around them.  They may need extra time to talk about death and the person who has died. 

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