Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Losing someone or something you love is very painful. After a significant loss, you may experience all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, and guilt. Sometimes it may feel like the sadness will never let up. While these feelings can be frightening and overwhelming, they are normal reactions to loss. Accepting them as part of the grieving process and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing.
The sadness of losing someone you love never goes away completely, but it shouldn’t remain center stage. If the pain of the loss is so constant and severe that it keeps you from resuming your life, you may be suffering from a condition known as complicated grief. Complicated grief is like being stuck in an intense state of mourning. You may have trouble accepting the death long after it has occurred or be so preoccupied with the person who died that it disrupts your daily routine and undermines your other relationships.
Symptoms of complicated grief include:
- Intense longing and yearning for the deceased
- Extreme anger or bitterness over the loss
- Searching for the person in familiar places
- Intrusive thoughts or images of your loved one
- Avoiding things that remind you of your loved one
- Denial of the death or sense of disbelief
- Imagining that your loved one is alive
- Feeling that life is empty or meaningless
Counseling can help you recover from grief and loss and help you get back on track so you can enjoy life again and recover hope for your future.
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