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2. Grief, Loss and Bereavement
When a loved one passes on, grief is the immediate feeling we all suffer. Bereavement is the process of recovering from this.
Depending on factors such as your resilience, you will react differently, with different levels of grief. This could be from soothing and reassuring, such as "they're in a better place," to troubling statements such as "I should've done something". Again, these emotions vary from person to person, and are usually entirely normal reactions.
For example, it is not uncommon for people to fall into fits of laughter, just as it isn’t uncommon for fits of crying. The same goes for social aspects, some people may want you there to soothe them, whereas others would be happier alone. The most important thing is to let them know you're there to help.
Complicated grief is grief which has no end, but its intensity lessens over time (for example the loss of a child). The symptoms of complicated grief are the same as acute (regular) grief.
According to goodtherapy.org, Common symptoms of grief include:
- Intense sadness;
- Preoccupation with the deceased or with the circumstances surrounding the death;
- Longing or yearning;
- Feelings of emptiness or meaninglessness;
- Difficulty engaging in happy memories;
- Avoidance of reminders of the deceased;
- Lack of desire in pursuing personal interests or plans;
- Bitterness or anger
According to the NHS, bereavement, the recovering of grief, has four common stages.
- Accepting that your loss is real;
- Experiencing the pain of grief;
- Adjusting to life without the person who has died;
- Putting less emotional energy into grieving and putting it into something new – in other words, moving on