Grief and Loss

Grief is one of the most painful experiences in life.  It’s the natural response to the loss of a person or animal to which we have been attached or the loss of something with which we have had a relationship, for example a job, home etc.

We normally think of grief as leading to sadness, perhaps with crying, but this human condition is multi-faceted, affecting our thoughts, behaviour and physical being amongst other aspects. To grieve and mourn a loss is a natural activity and can involve moving through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance that the person or thing has gone and will not return. Grief can last for a long time but if you feel like you are not moving on in terms of being able to get on with your life, then grief may have become complicated. During a complicated grief response, a person may experience physical symptoms such as extreme tiredness, mental changes such as indecisiveness, emotional symptoms such as anger and behavioural change, for example avoiding social contact.

If you think that your reaction to a loss is unusual or stopping you living your life fully, call or email me.