Have you suffered the loss of a loved one?
Loss is something all of us are likely to experience in our lifetime, however, each of us deals with the loss in our own unique way. Although well-intentioned individuals may offer advice in an attempt to help, all too often that is the opposite of what is truly needed.
Grief does not just affect the way we feel; it also affects our thinking and physical responses.
Mentally, we often experience confusion as though we are in a fog or bad dream, jumbled thoughts regarding decision making, and have increased difficulty concentrating (especially on anything other than your loved one, the circumstances surrounding their death, and memories prior to their death).
Physically, we can experience a plethora of responses including heaviness/pain in our chest, tightness in our throat, stomach/intestinal discomfort, appetite changes, headaches/dizziness, fatigue, increased sensitivity (e.g. sounds, smells, lights, textures, etc.), and sleep issues (e.g. difficulty falling asleep, remaining asleep, vivid dreams, nightmares).
Emotionally, we may initially start out in a state of disbelief or confusion and feel numb. However, as reality sets in and time begins to pass, waves of pain, sadness, helplessness, frustration, guilt, anger, loneliness, and/or fear may surge and dissipate.
The Center for Family and Crisis Counseling is devoted to helping individuals and families faced with the loss of a loved one.
If you or a family member is silently suffering and needs someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact us. Taking this active step can lead to hope, help, and healing.