Dealing with Grief and Loss
One of the hardest things to cope with in life is the loss of a loved one. When the pain of losing a loved one or close relative becomes too severe, it can begin to take a toll on physical health. It is perfectly normal to experience unusual emotion when you lose someone close to you; whenever this happens, you should know that there are safe and healthy ways to cope with these emotions without letting them affect your physical life.
What is Grief?
Grief is a way of reacting to loss; the loss of a close person, loss of a pet or loss of something that is of great value to a person. Apart from losing someone or a physical thing, grief might set in as a result of loss of a relationship or loss of a job. The important thing however, is that grief sets in as a result of loss and is usually associated with bereavement. It is very important to seek help when you feel your grieving process is becoming abnormal as there is a chance of you doing serious harm to yourself if your grieving process becomes abnormal.
Treatment for Grief
When someone is dealing with grief and loss, the most important thing is for such a person to have friends and family close by. In most cases, the presence of friends and family helps people to cope with and get over grief in no time. In cases where the feeling of grief becomes too intense and starts to interfere with physical and neurological processes, there will be need to employ grief therapy. Depending on personal preference and the severity of the problem, grief therapy can be carried out in either a group or individual setting. The goal of grief therapy is to help people confront and overcome grief. The very first thing to do is to get in touch with your doctor, your doctor will then decide on which treatment process is best for you.
This is particularly used in cases of complicated grief, and it involves using functional processes based on intimate communication to help people overcome their feelings of grief. Psychotherapy is generally used to improve a victim’s mental well being by confronting and eliminating harmful feelings and emotions. The key processes involved in this therapy includes; exploration of feelings and emotions, discovering what complicated grief is all about and how it can be managed, developing coping techniques and the establishment of important life objectives.
It is never considered as the best treatment for grief, but in severe cases, there may be need to prescribe antidepressants or any other form of necessary medication. However, a doctor should be consulted before taking any medication as a form of treatment for grief.
Just like anxiety disorders, complicated grief can be self-diagnosed. Whenever you experience any form of loss that leads to a feeling of grief, there are certain steps you can take to help yourself recover quickly and your emotions from developing into a serious and dangerous condition:
- Learn stress management techniques
- Reach out to friends and family
- Get in touch with a support group