Grief counseling helps individuals navigate the intense and unexpected emotions surrounding loss. Feelings such as anger and depression are common and often appear at unexpected moments making the loss seem unbearable to manage.
Grief and intense sadness are common emotional reactions after loss. Losing a loved one is one of the most painful and difficult experiences we will ever know. It is not uncommon to experience unexpected and significant feelings that seem abnormal or wrong. Thus, grief counseling and talking with a trained professional counselor can help in normalizing and educating regarding the loss.
Additionally, you may experience grief or intense feelings of sadness due to experiences not related to death. Divorce, children going to college, and unemployment all may spark feelings of grief and sadness. Also, it is not uncommon for entire families to experience symptoms. The following are common reactions from family members:
- Tension between family members
- Increased fighting between siblings
- Forgetfulness of common routine things
- Inability to accomplish everyday events (cooking, laundry, shopping)
- Avoidance of talking about the incident
- Intrusive memories of the event
- Trouble sleeping, eating, working
- Distance and lack of connect between family members
- Inability to get the event out of your mind
Sometimes we are deeply sad and feel very alone. Sometimes we are angry or feel guilty or regretful. All these emotions can be overwhelming at any age; yet these reactions are quite common after experiencing grief or loss. Grief counseling can help in these situations.
Grief in Children
Some normal symptoms of grief in children after loss may include:
- Regression to bedwetting, thumb sucking
- Numbness or “shock”
- Whining, crying or clinging
- Reduced ability to concentrate
- Major changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns
- Roller coaster ride of emotions— highs and lows
- Hyperactivity and “acting out”, temper tantrums or aggression
- Poor school grades, bad behavior in class.
Grief in Adults
Warning signs that grief is becomming problematic
- Minimal or total lack of emotional expression regarding the loss
- Prolonged inability to recognize that the loss has occurred
- Extreme reactions of grief, usually anger or guilt, that persist over time
- Marked or gradual change in health status
- Prolonged depression with tension, agitation, insomnia and feelings of worthlessness and self blame
- Over activity without a sense of loss
Tips Toward Health
- Spend time with friends.
- Talk about the incident with a trusted friend.
- Allow yourself to cry and feel sad.
Prolonged grief can lead to problematic functioning. If grief has become an unbearable problem in your life or if the sad and lonely feeling regarding the loss of a loved have not improved, professionals at Bedford Behavioral Health can give you the support and education during this difficult time. Call today: 734-807-0162.