Whether it is due to the death of a loved one, loss of a job, death of a family pet or loss of some other important object of affection, grief is a natural emotional response after a loss. The grief process, though a normal part of life, can be very difficult and the duration can be two years or longer. Some common symptoms of grief are:
- Loss of emotional control
- Loss of appetite and interest in normal activities
- Longing for the object of your loss
- Wishing to be with a deceased loved one
- Feeling guilt over what could have or should have been
- Feeling that no one else can understand the depth of your grief
Grief triggered by a traumatic or unexpected loss is more devastating and can cause a delayed and prolonged grief period of 2-5 years. Individuals experiencing losses of this nature benefit from supportive counseling in addition to grief support groups. The initial responses of shock and denial are prolonged and bargaining thoughts. Angry feelings are pronounced due to the inability to find an acceptable explanation for the tragedy.
Although grief is a natural occurrence in our lives, we can benefit from supportive counseling which underscores the importance of self-care. Each individual navigates the grief process in their own time and in their own way, but having the support of a professional or a group can be comforting. Persons experiencing grief are at risk for withdrawing socially and sinking into despair and longer term depression. Talking with a professional can ensure your healing is progressing and provides reassurance that what you experience is valid and normal.
The Men’s Center welcomes people of all backgrounds. If you have questions or comments about our services, or if you want to learn more about how The Men’s Center can help you or someone close to you, please contact us.
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