Grief and Loss are a universal experience, and you can experience it for many reasons.

These feelings and thoughts will pass with time

Grief and loss are a universal experience, and you can experience it for many reasons. Listed are some of the effects and affects you may experiences as a result:

Physical

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Crying
  • Sighing

Emotional

  • Sadness
  • Feelings of anxiety or panic
  • Anger
  • Heightened emotions
  • Guilt
  • Regret

Social

  • Tendency to withdraw from family and friends
  • Discomfort in social situations

Intellectual

  • Periods of confusion
  • Aimlessness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Forgetfulness

Spiritual

  • Searching for meaning
  • Re-examination of priorities
  • Re-examination of religious/spiritual beliefs
  • Ethical and philosophical questioning

Some experiences of grief and loss

Everyone’s experience of grief and loss is individual and these feelings, thoughts and physical sensations will pass with time:

  • Confusion
  • Disbelief
  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Yearning
  • Crying
  • Sobbing
  • Bargaining
  • Feeling Anxious
  • Depressive Feelings
  • Resentment
  • Despair
  • Struggling to Adjust
  • Fear of Losing Control
  • Panic
  • Loss of Interest
  • Relief
  • Helplessness
  • Idealisation
  • Guilt

Some people, may find speaking with a trusted friend will make a difference and will assist in working through these feelings, thoughts and sensations and others may find speaking to an organisation, such as Griefline useful in working with a volunteer counsellor in relation to your experience of loss and grief.

Other people may find it useful in making an appointment with their GP and organising a mental health care plan and referring themselves to a psychologist or a mental health social worker.