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

These feelings and thoughts will pass with time

We all experience the loss of someone or something important to us.  It’s a universal experience that connects us all. Grief and loss impacts people on multiple levels. Listed are some of the more common occurrences:

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.