Grief is our natural response to a loss of someone important to us. The grieving journey is different for each person and must be traveled at an individual pace. Just as the path is unique, so is its length. It is important that you give yourself time to heal on a schedule that works best for you.
Many people have written about the 5 stages of grief. These usually include:
- Numbness and denial
- Yearning and anger
- Emotional despair, sadness and withdrawal
- “Letting go” as you establish what some people call the “new normal.” But moving on does not mean your loved one is no longer significant. It simply means you have found a new place to carry them with you as you continue to have positive experiences and create new memories.
While these stages are common, you might find that you only experience some of these stages. You might also find that you go back and forth between them. Since every relationship and loss is different, the way you experience the stages will also be unique.
As you travel this journey you might find that the grief affects you on an emotional, physical, social and spiritual level. For example, you might find yourself momentarily “forgetting” that your loved one is gone at certain times of the day. Sometimes, people find themselves growing closer to a higher power or questioning the meaning of life. Other common experiences include a change in appetite, fatigue that is sometimes extreme or sleeping problems. You might also be experiencing anger, irritability, relief, feelings of abandonment, or guilt. Although these are normal responses, it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor if these feelings persist.
RoseRock Can Help You
RoseRock offers an ongoing program of grief support. Our services may include a reassuring phone call or personal visits from our trained bereavement staff. Many people have also found comfort from our lending library of useful books about grief.
You may also find comfort in trying a new activity, taking time to do something you enjoy, letting those around you know what you need and how they can help you.
Please reach out to us. We are here for you.