Coping With Grief

Grief is a physical, emotional, mental and behavioral reaction to death and loss. It is an individualized process and no two people grieve in exactly the same way.

Grief is something you do not get trained to do before it happens. It is usually OJT, “on the job training”. Training starts the moment our lives are touched by the death of a friend, family member, pet or even an acquaintance.

You may be experiencing some of these normal responses to the grief work you are doing.

Physical Signs of Grief

  • Exhaustion
  • Over sensitivity to noise
  • Sleeplessness
  • Loss or gain in appetite
  • Muscular aches
  • Susceptibility to illness
  • Restlessness

Emotional signs of grief

  • Feeling helpless
  • Sadness
  • Shock, emotional numbness
  • Self-blame
  • Yearning
  • Guilt
  • Irritability

Mental signs of grief

  • Confusion
  • Sense of unreality
  • Thinking a lot about the person whom has died
  • A fleeting sense of the person’s presence
  • Worry about yourself or loved ones
  • Dreams
  • Forgetfulness


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