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Grief is a natural process we experience after the loss of a beloved or something we value. Often people interrupt the process with being too busy and wanting to avoid their feelings. The natural stages of grief may be aborted. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s book on “Death and Dying” defines these stages, which are denial, anger, bargaining with God, depression, and acceptance.
When one experiences a loss, they need to move through this sequence toward acceptance. If grief isn’t dealt with effectively, unresolved emotional problems may surface. They typically show up in relationships or work. You may experience continual conflicts with your spouse or depression that affects your career.
Signs of Grief:
• Emotional expressions of grief include feelings of sadness and yearning; worry, anxiety, frustration, anger, or guilt are typical.
• Social expressions of grief may include feeling detached from others, isolating yourself from contact, and behaving in unpredictable ways.
• Spiritual expressions of grief may include questioning the reason for your loss, the purpose of pain and suffering, and the meaning of death.
• Physical Expressions of grief include: crying and sighing, loss of concentration, headaches, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, feelings of heaviness, aches, pains, and other stress-related ailments.
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