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Understanding Your Grief
The death of a loved one, friend or family member often puts people in touch with their own thoughts and feelings about mortality. All of a sudden you realize how quickly life can end. It is normal to feel out-of-control, and overwhelmed. Realize that you are grieving.
The first step toward regaining a sense of control is to understand grief. Grief is a physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual reaction to loss. It is natural, normal and necessary. It may cause a variety of reactions, including:
- Feeling tired and irritable. You may experience insomnia or feel tired all the time.
- Appetite changes. You may or may not feel hungry.
- Feelings of anxiousness. You may feel worried and excited at the same time, like your heart is racing and you cannot “catch your breath.”
- Feelings of emptiness. You may feel hollow inside. It may be hard to concentrate or remember things.
- Feeling out-of-control. You may feel helpless, angry or frightened.
All of these feelings are normal. Your whole world has changed. You cannot bring the person back or change the situation. It is natural to feel vulnerable. Through information, people gain a sense of understanding. Through understanding, you gain a sense of control. Seek out information about grief.
Everyone grieves differently. Cultural and religious experiences, the circumstances of the death and your relationship with the person who died influences your reactions to grief. If someone dies after a long illness, there may be a momentary sense of relief that the pain is over. If a death is sudden and unexpected, shock and a feeling of numbness may occur. If a young person dies there is a sense that things are out of order and that life is not the way it is supposed to be.
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