Grief is a natural response to loss. Adjusting to loss and coping with grief can affect you emotionally, mentally and/or physically.
Grief requires you come to terms with the fact that something major has changed in your life. There’s nothing you can do to return it to the way it once was.
Grieving is often triggered by life events, such as death of a family member or friend, a disability from an accident, or the passing of a pet. It also occurs after a community disaster, such as a serious flood or fire.
The intensity and duration of the grieving process is individual. This loss affects people in different ways.
Common signals of grief may include:
– social withdrawal, for example, avoiding people
or places that remind you of the loss, crying, feeling tired but not sleeping
properly, changes to appetite, and feeling restless or ‘edgy’.
Emotional – shock and disbelief, relief, sadness, anger,
guilt and/or remorse.
Cognitive – vivid dreams or nightmares, feeling confused
and/or having difficulty concentrating, and being preoccupied with the loss.