Have you ever experienced a sense of loss? Grief is a natural feeling and should not be bottled up. There are different types of grief one may deal with:
Loss of identity
Loss of safety
loss of autonomy
loss of expectations There are a variety of loss one may experience in addition to the list above, that is normal.
THE EFFECTS OF PROLONGED GRIEF
Any grief experienced for longer than 12 months could potentially be considered as complicated grief.
Complicated grief is unhealthy and can interfere with daily life routine. The list below are examples of how complicated grief can take a toll.
Have trouble carrying out normal routines
Isolate from others and withdraw from social activities
Experience depression, deep sadness, guilt or self-blame
Believe that you did something wrong or could have prevented the death
Feel life isn’t worth living without your loved one
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM EXPERIENCING THIS?
It is crucial to be aware of changes in ones behavior and should look for signs & symptoms of
Problems accepting the death
Numbness or detachment
bitterness about the loss
lack of trust in others
inability to enjoy life
having trouble carrying out normal routines