Grief and Loss
Grief is a normal reaction to loss
Grief is a normal response to loss and can affect every part of our life, including our thoughts, behaviour, beliefs, feelings, physical health and relationships. Intense feelings, such as sadness, anger, anxiety, disbelief, panic, relief, irritability or numbness may present. Grief can also cause sleeping difficulties, headaches, nausea, aches and pains.
Grieving can occur as the result of death, loss of job, relationship, pet, house or an important possession such as a wedding ring. Grief can also occur when a person is faced with a terminal illness.
It is a myth people ‘get over’ grief as everyone grieves in their own way.
Grief can be triggered by memories, significant events such as birthdays, anniversaries, smells and music. When this occurs, it can be difficult to manage the emotions and we can sometimes feel we have lost control.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve however, grief does lessen with time as we learn to live a 'new normal'. Counselling aims to work through the emotions, lessen the pain and find news ways to cope.
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