When we lose someone or something we love, a reaction, emotional and behavioural is set in motion which we call grief. Loss of a husband, wife, partner or child, friend or a loving family environment can have a huge impact on our emotional well being. It doesn’t have to be the loss a person it could be the loss of your childhood due to having looked after sick relatives, or a pet. The way we have dealt with our losses in the past will have an impact on the way we deal with our losses today. Grief can affect our physical and mental health. If we deny or feelings of loss we can expect to have physical symptoms. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms below then you may not have allowed yourself to grieve or complete the grieving process.
- Difficulty in sleeping.
- Waking during the night.
- Changes in appetite.
- Increase/ decrease in weight.
- Increase in alcohol consumption.
- Increase in smoking.
- Wonder whether anything is worthwhile.
- Feeling depressed.
- Feeling lonely.
- Difficulty in making decisions.
- Feelings of restlessness.
- Increase in physical and emotional symptoms.
You may identify with some of the above symptoms but find it hard to connect it to a current loss. This can sometimes be an indication of events in the here and now triggering unresolved losses from the past that need attending to. Psychotherapy can help you identify these losses and help you to grieve and move on.
“EVERY ENDING IS A NEW BEGINNING” ( Good Grief Rituals. Elaine Child Gowell)