The Grieving Process
When we experience a major loss, grief is the normal and natural way the mind and body reacts. Everyone grieves differently. At the same time, there are common patterns people tend to share. Someone experiencing grief may discover emotions, such as shock, numbness, guilt, anger and denial. Typical physical responses can include: sleeplessness, inability to eat or concentrate, lack of energy, and lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed.
Time always plays an important role in the grieving process. As the days, weeks and months go by, the person who is experiencing loss moves through emotional and physical reactions that normally lead toward acceptance, healing and getting on with life as fully as possible.
Sometimes a person can become bogged down in the grieving process. Serious losses are never easy to deal with. Someone who is having trouble beginning to actively re-engage in life, is experiencing continual depression or physical symptoms such as loss of appetite, inability to sleep, or chronic lack of energy should consider getting professional help.