Grief and Loss – A Natural Part of Life
Grief is an unavoidable part of the human experience. It is a completely normal response that happens during or after a traumatic event. When you have people, situations, and ways of life that bring you joy and comfort, it is only natural that you’d experience negative feelings when something changes. One of the most common sources of grief is loss, which many people have been forced to deal with especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experiencing grief means you had something in life to be thankful for, and it can be difficult to move on after losing it. Beachside Rehab is here to be a shoulder to lean on for anyone in Florida struggling to cope with grief and loss.
Typical Signs of Grief Response
Everyone handles grief in entirely different manners, and that is okay. Your experiences are unique and however you have responded in light of a drastic change is completely valid. It is essential to be aware of the signs of grief. Maybe you’ve struggled to come to terms with your grief. There may also be someone in your life who is working through their own grief response and could be thankful to have someone reach out to them. Grief often involves the following reactions, which people may cycle through and experience in stages:
- Shock, denial, or disbelief
- Memory lapses
- Anxiety, distress, or fear
- Anger or irritability
- Periods of sadness or depression
- Loss of sleep
- Excessive sleep
- Loss of appetite
Different Types of Loss – Anticipated and Sudden
Different types of loss can warrant grief reactions unique to the situation. Each drastic life event you experience may bring a complicated mix of feelings, so it’s not always possible to predict how someone will respond. However, you can try to think about loss in a couple of different categories:
Anticipatory: Some life events, like the prolonged illness of a loved one, can be anticipated and prepared for far in advance. This preparation process may be helpful, but it can sometimes bring just as much pain as the actual loss.
Sudden: Losses that happen through an unexpected tragedy bring a complex range of emotions. It may be challenging to make sense of the situation and requires intense support from friends and family.
Supporting You Through the Stages of Grief
Many people cycle through a wide range of reactions as they work through stages of grief. One of the most important steps you can take in the healing process is asking for help because a support system is crucial at any stage. The inpatient treatment program at Beachside Rehab can be a safe, distraction-free place for you to work through any loss from which you are struggling to heal. Our professional staff will listen to your issues and help you build a personalized plan of action. You deserve to get back to a happy, fulfilling life. We can help you get there.
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