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Grief and loss are a part of life and are experience by most of us at some point in our lives. People deal with grief in many different ways. Some people crave company, others prefer time alone.

There are no rules for grieving, and there is no time limit to grieve – some people get back to their usual routine fairly quickly, others take longer.

It is important to allow enough time for grieving and healing – process. How much time is different for each person and set of circumstances, however research on 1,200 mourners showed an average recovery time of from 18 to 24 months.

Grief is the natural response to loss and it’s the greatest emotional pain we are likely to experience. Medical studies have shown that it can wreak havoc with our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to a variety of physical ailments including cancer and arthritis. A person in intense grief may become listless, depressed, nervous, irritable, even short of breath, or swept with waves of uncontrollable crying. You may become exhausted from sadness and crying, sleep poorly or not at all, even have nightmares. You may not be able to eat or may overeat,  you may not be able to make love, or may be desperate for sex.

Your initial reaction to losing a loved one may be shock and disbelief, followed by a feeling of confusion, anger, or guilt. When you are going through it, it is hard to believe that grief is a healing process, but you must experience it in order to become whole again.

Warning signs which may suggest you not coping well with grief may include

  • Avoiding the grieving process entirely or avoiding painful feelings

  • Refusal to attend the funeral

  • Abuse of alcohol or other drugs 

  • Avoiding talking about the person who died

  • Using distracting tasks to avoid grief, including planning the funeral

  • Increased physical complaints or illness

  • Intense mood swings or isolation 

  • Neglect of self-care

  • Neglecting responsibilities

Grief need not always be for others, in some situations it can be for yourself, over changes in your situation or to your health.  Hypnotherapy can help with all aspects of grief, contact me on 0427 639 778