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Healing A Grieving Heart
Losing a loved one is a heart-wrenching experience. The powerful, complex, and conflicting emotions that survivors struggle with often leave a person feeling alone and helpless. Understanding the basic elements of grief and learning key coping skills can help individuals heal and move forward after their loss.
There is no correct way to face the loss of a loved one. However, there are some emotions that are commonly experienced while grieving. These feelings include disbelief, shock, numbness, denial, sadness, anxiety, guilt, depression, loneliness and frustration. It can even include anger directed at the person who died, other family members, medical staff, or toward religious convictions.
Often grief manifests itself in physical symptoms such as tightness in the chest or throat, chest pains, panic attacks, dizziness or trembling, and disturbed sleep patterns. During the healing process, crying is healthy because it is an emotional and physical release. It is also perfectly normal for a person to feel like they are going “crazy.” Everyday tasks can become difficult or demanding. Suddenly driving a car, paying bills, or shopping for groceries can feel overwhelming.
A good rule of thumb during this period is not to overexert yourself. Carry a small notebook and record things that need remembering. Alert your boss and coworkers that you may not be operating at maximum efficiency. Ask friends and family for support. Above all else, be patient with yourself.
How long grief lasts is different for everyone. However, many experts agree that the grieving process is complete when you are able to think of the deceased without pain. This doesn't imply that you won't still miss that person, it only means that your sadness will be different, gentler, less wrenching.
There are sources to help you work through your grief. Please call us here at Young Family Funeral Homes and we will listen to your concerns, explain how others have approached their grief, and give you any recommendation we can to help you. Please ask about our lending library of books, many of which deal with the life adjustment that follows the death of a loved one. Call us about mutual support groups available in our community. We realize that in many cases the funeral is only the beginning of the grief cycle. Sometimes a book, pamphlet, or understanding support may help you along the path of recovery.
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