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Loss and Bereavement

You may have lost a loved one. Perhaps you've ended a relationship, job or way of life.

Life comes with twists and turns that can make the bottom drop out of our worlds. The death of a loved one is a devastating loss. So can be the loss of a pregnancy, a relationship, a job, one’s health, a friendship, a way of life, or a dream. Grief takes many forms and each of us deals with it differently. There are no rules for grieving, and it can be a roller coaster ride.

These reactions to grief are normal:

• Shock and disbelief
• Sadness
• Guilt
• Anger
• Fear
• Body Symptoms (pain, nausea, fatigue).

Grief may involve some extreme emotions and behaviours. Accept and experience your feelings and allow yourself as much time as you need to heal. No one should tell you how to grieve, or how long to grieve. Accept loving support, and don’t feel badly about avoiding attention from well meaning, but insensitive friends for a time if you need to.

Are You “Stuck” in Grief? Complicated Grief

Sometimes people become “stuck” in grief. This is known as complicated grief. When sad feelings persist and pain remains severe enough that one is unable to resume normal activities it may be time to seek help. Some symptoms of complicated grief include:

• Intrusive thoughts or images of the deceased
• Disbelief or denial of the death
• Continued intense longing for the departed
• Avoidance of reminders of the loved one
• Searching for the loved one in familiar places
• Extreme anger
• A sense that life is meaningless now

Please Note:

This information is for your interest only and should not be considered a diagnostic tool. If you feel you may have depression you may wish to consult with your physician. If you are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts please go immediately to your nearest hospital emergency room.


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