There are a multitude of dangers that are associated with grief and it's very important to be aware of the stages of grief so that you know what to look for. It is also important for loved ones that have family members or friends that are experiencing grief know the signs and symptoms to look for and when to be concerned. There are a number of resources available for those that are grieving and sometimes all that you need is a gentle push in the right direction. With time you can begin to heal and move forward to acceptance and starting anew but the frustrating part of the grief process is that there is no set time frame.
There are two stages of grief that are worth mentioning when it comes to the dangers of grief and the first stage is the stage of anger. Those that have suffered a loss and that are grieving are likely to feel anger towards the loved one that left them, anger towards the circumstances surrounding their demise or even anger at themselves for their inability to stop the loss from happening. It is during this stage that the anger can take a physical presence and it is important to not only allow your loved one to express their anger but to do so in a manner that is not hurtful or irreparable to others around them. This not only takes a watchful eye but also soft words and gentle reproach if necessary.
The next stage of grief worth mentioning when it comes to dangers associated with grief is the depression stage. Typically after the rage and anger has left those that have experienced loss are left with a sense of despair and sadness that can leave them feeling overwhelmed, alone and with a sense of worthlessness. The individual may continually find it hard to move forward and the condition is often called chronic grief. Gentle nudging and assistance with learning the day to day tasks to begin to move forward and accept a new way of life is important for those experiencing chronic grief.
One other danger of grief to be aware of is inhibited grief. In this case, the person experiencing the grief goes about daily life as if the loss never took place. In time, physical, emotional and/or mental issues could manifest itself within the individual that is refusing to acknowledge their grief and the effects can sometimes be reversible. If you have a loved one that is refusing to acknowledge the loss they have suffered you can encourage them to see medical attention from trained counselors that can help them deal and face with the loss that has occurred.
There are many dangers associated with grief and for those that have loved ones that have experienced a significant loss of any type we encourage you to exhaust all resources and educate yourself and them on the stages of grief so that you are aware of what to expect and how you can help them if necessary.